Obama: Know where it’s really great to do business?

posted at 8:15 am on August 22, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Well, as long as you forget about the oppressive Communist government and the lack of freedom and the Internet filtering and the re-education camps … China sounds really groovy:

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.”

Does Barack Obama understand the nature of the Beijing regime? The reason that the government can afford all of this spending is that they control the means of production and the wealth of the nation. They can confiscate what they want at will and spend it where they like. And in Beijing, they spent it where the cameras would be pointed.

Unfortunately, most of what the cameras see is just a facade, as Dale Franks points out at Q&O:

The Chinese infrastructure that so enthralls Obama remains decades behind that of the US.  What infrastructure China manages to build, however, gets its energy from oil and coal, not from wind and solar.  China has become the highest emissions nation in the world and shows no sign of slowing itself down over concerns about anthropogenic climate change.  In fact, the air in Beijing is so bad that outdoor Olympics events almost had to be moved.

Meanwhile, the regime where Obama thinks the world would love to do business maintains itself through brutal oppression.  China blocked access to the Internet for international journalists despite promising to allow full access to reporters for the Games.  They arrested reporters covering peaceful protests.  And these are the actions they took while trying to make themselves look good.

If Obama wants us to build up American infrastructure, he can start by ending the flow of American wealth overseas for energy.  Create hundreds of thousands of jobs by building the American energy infrastructure through drilling in the OCS, ANWR, and interior shale formations.  Lower capital-gains tax rates to encourage more investment and generate more revenues (and jobs).

America needs a President who can see past the facades.  Obama has given every indication of gullibility, first with his pledge to conduct presidential-level diplomacy without preconditions with regimes like Iran, Cuba, and North Korea, and now in declaring China the place to do business.  Obama isn’t at all ready to lead this nation; he’s not even ready to run a business, with thinking like this.

Update: iTunes doesn’t think China’s such a great place to do business today:

Customers in China of Apple Inc.’s iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album.

In Internet forums, iTunes users complained they had been unable to download music since Monday. That was a day after the Art of Peace Foundation announced the release of “Songs for Tibet,” with music by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

Michael Wohl, executive director of the New York City-based group, said he believed the album was the reason for the iTunes interruption, though he had no proof.

“We issued a release saying that over 40 (Olympic) athletes downloaded the album in an act of solidarity, and that’s what triggered it. Then everything got blocked,” Wohl said by phone.

But … but … but they have such great infrastructure!


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Everytime he opens his mouth, Obama reminds us how empty a suit he really is.

Everything he says is “inartful”.

KrisinNE on August 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM

China’s spending a lot on infrastructure because frankly. They don’t have any.

MarkTheGreat on August 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Does Barack Obama understand the nature of the Beijing regime? The reason that the government can afford all of this spending is that they control the means of production and the wealth of the nation. They can confiscate what they want at will and spend it where they like.

Yes he does understand. And he agrees with it.

rbj on August 22, 2008 at 8:21 AM

have you noticed how he has lost his baritone and now sounds like a whining tenor?

he knows he’s lost his mojo, and his desperation is in his voice.

it’s over.

america won’t elect a whiner who praises china and equates the usa with russia.

reliapundit on August 22, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Obama isn’t at all ready to lead this nation; he’s not even ready to run a business, with thinking like this.

i havent said it in awhile, but, how did this guy get this damn far to begin with…?

trailortrash on August 22, 2008 at 8:24 AM

obh loves china because like him – it is purely a facade.

Colonel_prop on August 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

i havent said it in awhile, but, how did this guy get this damn far to begin with…?

trailortrash on August 22, 2008 at 8:24 AM

9/11 PTSD.

progressoverpeace on August 22, 2008 at 8:27 AM

So what’s the average salary in China?

drjohn on August 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Remember when Obama was described as ‘articulate’? Uh, uh, uh…

Coronagold on August 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Are we absolutely sure this guy isn’t STILL on drugs?

Because I’m not convinced.

Why do Democrats consider America a sewer and everyplace else, utopia?

China executes tens of thousands of people each year, holds millions of political prisoners in work camps, effectively using slave labor to produce goods. Look what they’ve done in Tibet.

I’d like to ask Barack why world opinion doesn’t frown on these practices? Are we the only country in the world that can be judged? Are we the only country in the world that isn’t perfect, Barack?

NoDonkey on August 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Is he saying that the US should go Communist as well?

drjohn on August 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Is it me, or has he tended more toward smaller crowds since team McCain began releasing the celebrity ads?

surrounded on August 22, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Another unforced error from the Messiah. The factory jobs formerly held by the bitter clingers (in swing states such as PA, OH, WI, MN, etc., etc.) went over to China, and that’s how all that Obama-admired infrastructure got financed.

Hopefully, the McCainiacs will make hay out of this, though I don’t know how you distill this message into a 30-second ad.

GoHskrs on August 22, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Their airports are superior to us now?

All of them, or just in Beijing?

So again- is Obama saying that we need to pour money into ONE city, as they always do for an Olympics?

What would pouring money into a city do without the attraction of the Olympics? How would that help the economy, and more importantly, how would that help Michelle Obama’s kids?

drjohn on August 22, 2008 at 8:37 AM

ADD

“I care for the working man.”Baracky Obama

PLUS

“Barack will make you work.” - Michelle OBitter

EQUALS

CHINA.

Lockstein13 on August 22, 2008 at 8:37 AM

I am a moderator on another message board. One of our other mods is in China now and emailed us that he could not even post on the board from there. The Chinese are blocking everything. GREAT example there, Barack!!

But this is trivia — what about all those houses Cindy McCain owns????

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 8:39 AM

next thing we’ll see is 0bama announcing how “great” the reforms are that Chazvez has single-handedly instituted in Venezuela.

commie lover.

viahj on August 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM

It’s even funnier that Obama would say this in Virginia, a state that gets hundreds of millions in federal highway funds every year. Your tax money just paid for a $1 billion replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that crosses the Potomac River, and another billion or so for a massive reconstruction of the Capital Beltway interchange with I-95.

I can’t believe how stupid this campaign continues to be.

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 8:44 AM

That picture is great. Dale Franks needs to add it as an example to the wiki entry on “Potemkin Villages.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potemkin_village

rbb on August 22, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Obama’s emptiness makes a mockery of our two-party system.

Today’s world is too dangerous for another vacation from history.

petefrt on August 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

He’s more ignorant, and therefore more dangerous, than I thought he was. This isn’t going to sit well even with his base who know more about China, evidently, than he does.

TheBigOldDog on August 22, 2008 at 8:53 AM

It’s all about achievment.

fluffy on August 22, 2008 at 8:54 AM

So is it too far off to think that Barry has a bit of an allegiance to Communist ideas? Is it a surprise that a lot of his supporters have images of Che all over the place, that Barry hires socialist agitators to design posters right out of the Communist Manual for Poster Design?

Oh, but that’s such an old outdated word and ideology!!!

benrand on August 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

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.”

And you can see clear skies that go on and on….
Those masks are really to protect people from colds.

moonsbreath on August 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

China. Helluva good place to buy a kidney, if you’re rich and low on the waiting list. Criminals kept healthy until the bullet in the head. All major organs intact and promptly removed. Beijing looks like a pretty good option for all your organ needs.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

i havent said it in awhile, but, how did this guy get this damn far to begin with…?

trailortrash on August 22, 2008 at 8:24 AM

The media. They only showed him in the best possible light. The buried the truth and now that it’s coming out, it’s too late for the Dems to do anything about it. They thought they were helping but all they did was ensure the Dems put up their weakest candidate.

TheBigOldDog on August 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Plus, Obama’s argument that business would rather go to China because of its superior infrastructure is just stupid x 10. Factories employing slave labor with no OSHA or EPA hounding them is a much bigger reason, one that neither liberals nor conservatives want to talk about very much. China leads the world in workplace injuries and deaths, and its environmental degradation is staggering, despite the few cute pandas it is saving in its zoos. The human and environmental toll of its economic rise is atrocious. The USA is a paragon of virtue in comparison.

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM

obh loves china because like him – it is purely a facade.

Colonel_prop on August 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

LOL! Good one!

TheBigOldDog on August 22, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Beijing might be nice, Obama, but I believe if you take a step outside the carefully constructed facade of China, you’ll see the real truth of China.

Is Obama seriously comparing Beijing’s airport(s) to the entire lot of American airports? Do China’s airports, on average, have a higher standard than US airports?

I’d seriously doubt that. Obama seems to be on an “America sucks, let me fix it” tear.

Seixon on August 22, 2008 at 9:02 AM

His inability or unwillingness to analyze and understand issues fully is showing yet again. He must not be allowed to make decisions for this country.

jeanie on August 22, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Maybe that city in the picture is it, but the Chinese have built a wall around a “slum” (read: regular place where regular Chinese people live) in Beijing to keep people out (and in) during the Olympics.

I was surprised to see reporters were allowed in to talk with the inhabitants.

amkun on August 22, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Did anyone ask Obama about children’s toys with lead paint or poisoned dog food, two more of China’s most notable exports?

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Another thing…

You could easily argue that the Beijing Olympics outclassed the recent Olympics held in the US, both in substance and style. I think the Chinese have done a very good job.

But how exactly have they managed to do this? Oh, with forced labor, with taking over land from people, lack of safety standards, you know, all the “hurdles” we have to endure in Western society.

As they say, you know when a dictatorship holds an Olympics, it’s going to be good. That’s because it’s a dictatorship which doesn’t play by all the rules we silly democratic nations bother to follow.

If Obama thinks that’s great, then that seems to indicate he either has no clue what he’s talking about, or he wants the US to become a communist dictatorship.

Seixon on August 22, 2008 at 9:06 AM

I vote for the “no clue” but upon second thoughts, how about both.

jeanie on August 22, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Very soon Obama will explain what he really meant and somehow accuse his opponents of _________. (Fill in the blank)

shick on August 22, 2008 at 9:09 AM

“But how exactly have they managed to do this? Oh, with forced labor, with taking over land from people, lack of safety standards, you know, all the “hurdles” we have to endure in Western society.”

The Washington Post on Sunday reported that many of the performers in the opening ceremonies, rehearsed for 51 straight hours at one point, with only two meal breaks. They wore adult diapers.

Do we really want an opening ceremony like China’s? I don’t. I thought the whole thing looked like something out of Brave New World.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Obama will change his mind, as soon as he finds out how hard it is to get arugula at Whole Foods in China.

jon1979 on August 22, 2008 at 9:12 AM

This latest “view into the mind” of Barack Obama is much more than a gaffe… This is pure honesty on Barack’s part; this is exactly how the influence of those whom Barack chose to surround himself with over the past 20 years has helped this man evolve into a man who’s vision of Communist China is greater than his vision of America, the country he wants to bring “change” to.

Barack Obama is telling America who he is; what he wants America to become; which country he wants America to emulate. We have just witnessed a look into the mind of a radical Leftist. Many (including myself) have wondered why once popular Hollywood stars such as Penn & Clooney, would go suck up to the likes of Hugo Chavez while embracing a man who has taken the human rights away from the citizens of an entire nation, while forcing a dictatorship down the throats of millions, taking the riches of a nation and giving them to a few while millions suffer the consequences in poverty. Democrats & their bed partners in the MSM have sold Americans a “big fat lie” for decades now; they have sold Americans on the idea that they are the party of the little people…

This statement by Barack Obama is a very revealing look into the mind of a radical Liberal…

Keemo on August 22, 2008 at 9:12 AM

The decent thing to do would be to employ his half-brother, who lives on $1 a month, according to the Laura Ingraham show.

Of course, Hussein could send his half-brother the ten thousand dollars he spent on dance lessons for one of his daughters, also courtesy of Laura.

madmonkphotog on August 22, 2008 at 9:13 AM

I thought the whole thing looked like something out of Brave New World.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM

I thought the same thing after hearing that:
1. Some of the younger athletes said that they hadn’t seen their families for more than a year and never had a vacation.
2. Athletes that didn’t get the gold were shamed on Chinese television.
3. Some of the younger athletes are likely to be younger than the IOC allows.

A very sad place to live. And Obama is impressed with it.

Do you think we would ever hear this from his lips, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

shick on August 22, 2008 at 9:16 AM

So as the leader of the United States, Barack plans on:
1. Healing the Oceans
2. Fixing the Environment
3. Making everyone work
4. Fixing the inefficiencies in the airports so that they’re like Beijing’s.
5. Implementing child labor (because we must be like our betters in China)
6. Persecuting Christians and the Falun Gong (see Number 5 for the reason)
7. Making sure us flyover country types stop bitterly clinging to our guns and our religion.
8. Requiring volunteerism (I volunteer places because I want to, not because someone forces me. Just FYI)
9. Increasing the price of oil slowly so we all have to stop using electricity and have to start walking to work, school, stores, etc.

I didn’t realize that being the President makes you all powerful and all knowing. Live and learn.

mjk on August 22, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Um…

The story behind China is simple: A billion people willing to work for NOTHING!

It’s incredible that this airheaded idiot just said that.

No, no, no, Barry. If you’re a corporation looking to do business, the transportation system here still far surpasses China. But we don’t have an unending supply of cooley labor.

China is built on cheap labor. Period. That’s the engine that fuels its growth.

Want to got there Barry? Really, really want to go there?

What a tool.

What a freakin’ tool.

McCain could pick Donald Duck as his running mate and I’ll vote for him. Guaranteed.

Typhoon on August 22, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Of course, Hussein could send his half-brother the ten thousand dollars he spent on dance lessons for one of his daughters, also courtesy of Laura.

Ten thousand dollars!!!! I spend, like 60 bucks for six lessons and still learn how to dance. But at the same time, he’s rich, he can spend his money however he chooses. It’s a shame he don’t choose to spend some of it on his poor brother, but his brother ain’t German so it don’t matter how he votes, right?

mjk on August 22, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Barack’s not going to be happy until we are all living like his lost brother in Kenya.

Maxx on August 22, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Most US corporations aren’t producing goods in Beijing. It’s too expensive. Much of it is being done in areas like Tianjin, Hangzhou, and Suzhou, and even those areas are getting too expensive to compete in a global marketplace. This is the point people seem to miss. If we try to take things back into the US by force, we’ll lose to our international competition that is also taking advantage or low-cost labor.

chitown55 on August 22, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Potemkin villages are alive and well in China – or is it that Barry is channeling his inner Candide?

Think_b4_speaking on August 22, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Did anyone ask Obama about children’s toys with lead paint or poisoned dog food, two more of China’s most notable exports?

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 9:04 AM

.. And toothpaste with anti-freeze…

DaveC on August 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM

But … but … but they have such great infrastructure!

And the trains run on time!

acleaver on August 22, 2008 at 9:31 AM

I think he really dislikes this country. Think he might be doing some lobbying behind the scenes to get the games in Chicago in 2016?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM

BHO better pick HRC as VP – Otherwise, he may just lose that floor vote yet… One would think that a superdelegate looking at the Gaffe Machine’s performance since Super Tuesday would throw their vote back to HRC (who the country isn’t tired of at this point). Then again, logic and democrats. Never the two shall meet.

Hope and Change. We hope that the democrats will change. But face it, they’re stuck on stupid.

phreshone on August 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Next he’s going to talk about how wonderful it is that so many Chinese choose to ride bicycles. Because they care about the earth, ya know.

MamaAJ on August 22, 2008 at 9:35 AM

“Why aren’t we doing the same thing?”

it’s call a Republic.. that allows freedom and choice to the people living here..

DaveC on August 22, 2008 at 9:40 AM

He can’t be this stupid. He can’t? Can he?

Either way, it’ll be ignored….Onwards to our new leader/overlord.

kcluva on August 22, 2008 at 9:41 AM

How much of the money that is being spent on infrastructure is the 3 Gorges dam?

MarkTheGreat on August 22, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Obama wants us to emulate China!?! What a freaking tool.

CP on August 22, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Obama’s been running ads criticizing McCain for not wanting to punish companies that ship jobs overseas.

Now he’s telling companies that investing overseas (which results in shipping jobs overseas) is a good idea?

MarkTheGreat on August 22, 2008 at 9:44 AM

[MamaAJ on August 22, 2008 at 9:35 AM]

LOL. Well, he better hurry, ’cause most Chinese city dwellers drive cars, use taxi service and take public transportation.

Oh, yeah, you need to buy a permit for your bike, too.

Dusty on August 22, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Another day, another gaffe. This guy is clueless. We should follow China’s model? In your dreams Barry O.

ronsfi on August 22, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Dusty, I just saw all the bikes in the pics at Q&O and just had a vision of O’s next speech. Those walls are amazing.

MamaAJ on August 22, 2008 at 10:00 AM

What is with the far left’s fascination with communist regimes. They loved Che and Fidel and now they love Chavez and extol china and even Russia’s supposed economic miracles fostered by centralized government power. We have the highest standards of living in the world and we do not have to fake it. We have it because our markets are free and individuals get to make their own rational decisions to serve their best interests. We also have a rule of law that keeps the government power brokers from just stealing things that they want and giving it to their relatives and friends. Would the Democrats buddies in the Labor Unions or Bar Association really like societies where independent labor actions are crushed and the law is a tool for government corruption and oppression?

KW64 on August 22, 2008 at 10:07 AM

The mask slipped again. Obama’s core reflects the ideologies of socialism, Marxism and communism. THAT is the danger we face.

Star20 on August 22, 2008 at 10:12 AM

What an idiot. Katrina was probably the worst natural disaster in recent American history, and the death toll was numbered in the hundreds. When China has a natural disaster, the death toll is counted in the tens….of thousands. The reason China is doing so well is that they don’t have environmentalists and other do-gooders nor a century of finding out the hard way about the true cost of poor infrastructure.

Kafir on August 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Yeah, doing business in China is a great idea, isn’t it Barry? No need to worry about all those pesky safety regulations like we do here.

So what if the Chinese put melamime in the dog food instead of protein? Who cares about a bunch of dead dogs? The Chinese eats dogs, so it’s just more food for them.

And who cares if the Chinese use lead paint on the toys? Is it really that big a deal if some kids end up dead? China’s one-child policy has caused a lot of families to end up with girls they don’t want. The lead-contaminated toys can help those families out — just hand the baby girl a lead-painted toy, encourage her to chew on it, and once she’s dead, try for a boy next time.

And who’s worried about some anti-freeze in the toothpaste? Life is supposed to be an adventure — take a risk now and then. Not knowing if it will sicken or kill you makes brushing your teeth a lot more fun!

And speaking of risking one’s life, Chinese coal miners could tell Barry O some really fun stories about how Chinese businesses are not afraid to take risks — at least, not when it comes to risking the lives of the workers. Of course, Barry would actually have to find a live coal worker in China to tell him the stories, so he’ll need to move fast, because Chinese coal workers don’t stay alive for very long.

But hey, it’s all about service to the state, right Barry? The Chinese, just like Barry O, aren’t going to let you sit on your butt and complain about unsafe conditions. They’re going to put you to work.

Oh, if only our nation could be like the business-friendly utopia that is modern-day China.

AZCoyote on August 22, 2008 at 10:20 AM

My cousin runs a small manufacturing concern in China. Funny, but he’s not once mentioned infrastructure when renumerating his reasons for choosing China. He does, however, mention the swarms of U.S. government agencies and minefields of regulations that made his decision a no brainer. He simply couldn’t have turned a profit operating in the U.S. OSHA, EPA, EEOC, etc. etc. etc ad nauseum have rendered us damned near socialist in the European fashion. Meanwhile, commie China is booming. Hey Barry, if you and your nanny state comrades will simply butt out we’ll flourish once again – even with our woefully inadequate ports and bridges!!!!!

mugged on August 22, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Open mouth, insert foo…..feet.

jukin on August 22, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Damn, this guy is dumb. Even NBC and MSNBC have covered the issue of Chinese cheating. The air is so filthy you can’t see the beautiful scenery. The food is so suspect that our Olympic team brought their own. The fireworks broadcast from the opening ceremonies, and the lip synching because the kid who can actually sing wasn’t “perfect” got coverage too.

There are anti-WalMart commercials on every day that criticize how many of WalMart’s products are made in China. Lead paint on toys, poison in food. Even Dick Durbin has been excellent on the issue of Chines import food.

And Barry’s gonna kiss Chinese ass in an attempt to get American votes? Sorry Barry, but this isn’t going to earn you the affection of us bitter, clingy WalMart shoppers, and sure as hell isn’t gonna make your friends in the labor union movement happy.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Bashing the US in favor of China. I’m shocked.

Paul-Cincy on August 22, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Um…

The story behind China is simple: A billion people willing to work for NOTHING!

It’s incredible that this airheaded idiot just said that.

No, no, no, Barry. If you’re a corporation looking to do business, the transportation system here still far surpasses China. But we don’t have an unending supply of cooley labor.

China is built on cheap labor. Period. That’s the engine that fuels its growth.

Want to got there Barry? Really, really want to go there?

What a tool.

What a freakin’ tool.

McCain could pick Donald Duck as his running mate and I’ll vote for him. Guaranteed.

Typhoon on August 22, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Sponge Bob in China:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxymwN7nYQQ

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Everything he says is “inartful”.

KrisinNE on August 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Don’t forget “boneheaded.”

fossten on August 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Oh, and I really hope somebody gets a comment from Mia Farrow … She’s done good work publicizing the China-Darfur connection.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 10:58 AM

China. Helluva good place to buy a kidney, if you’re rich and low on the waiting list. Criminals kept healthy until the bullet in the head. All major organs intact and promptly removed. Beijing looks like a pretty good option for all your organ needs.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

But the trains (for the top party officials) run on time! Everybody else has to walk.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM

But the trains (for the top party officials) run on time! Everybody else has to walk.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Reminds me of the earthquake, when it was discovered that the schools for the children of the non-privileged types (i.e., the ordinary workers) had been built in a sub-standard way, which resulted in the schools collapsing on top of the children, killing many of them. The schools for the children of the elites were built to withstand earthquakes — but for the children of the ordinary folks — who cares if they die? There’s plenty more where they came from, right ChiCom leaders (and Barry O)?

AZCoyote on August 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10697210

When they built their airport, they leveled 15 villages and forced the relocation of thousands…

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10697210

sounds like a plan, Obama?

Vincenzo on August 22, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Of course Obama would say that.

(1) They only see the façade (Image substituting substance)
(2) Obama’s administration is panting heavily on ChiComm regime (IF ONLY we could do the same things)

Sir Napsalot on August 22, 2008 at 11:41 AM

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10697210

When they built their airport, they leveled 15 villages and forced the relocation of thousands…

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10697210

sounds like a plan, Obama?

Vincenzo on August 22, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I didn’t even know that….

This thread deserves a bumb, and Vincenzo’s articles should go in an update.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM

An ode to Barack:

“Yesterday upon the stair, I saw a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today. I wish that he would go away.”

Nursery Rhyme

TooTall on August 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM

the Beijing Olympics outclassed the recent Olympics held in the US, both in substance and style. I think the Chinese have done a very good job.

I respectfully disagree. What they achieved in the whole Olympics just give me the creeps. It demonstrated to the world that ChiComms are not ready for the world stage yet.

To borrow a phrase from baseball:
“There is no crying dishonor in winning.”

Sir Napsalot on August 22, 2008 at 11:53 AM

takes one commie to praise another.

sdd on August 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Rush just crushed Obama. He said, in effect, Obama has compared the US to China and Russia yesterday and found the US to be lacking in both cases.

TheBigOldDog on August 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Would that great infrastructure include the hundreds of buildings that collapsed in the last earthquake and killed 70,000 people?

I know one thing the Chinese have built well, the execution chambers and the attached surgical suites where the organs of the recently shot are removed to be sold at market.

Yeah, great place there, Baracky.

Tin ear.

Bishop on August 22, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I hear North Korea has some great infrastructure too. Sure the populace is starving and there are millions of people in the gulags, but the streets….they’re so clean!

Bishop on August 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM

The Potemkin President visits the Potemkin Village.

His campaign is based on badmouthing the nation every chance he gets! This is just stupid.

“Why aren’t we doing the same thing?” Little thing called private property rights–his progressives have almost eliminated it, but people are fighting back.

PattyJ on August 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Step outside of Beijing and Shanghai and the rest of China is a vast urinal drowning in dense smog. It’s filthy, unhealthy and impoverished.

Obama doesn’t have a clue. Not one.

…. and America’s the land without hope, right Barry?

fogw on August 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM

The Obamessiah likes the centralized power and control that the ChiComs have. And, like all the rest of the far left, all he really cares about is having power and control.

Wildcatter1980 on August 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM

God, his ignorance is just painful!!! WTF?? Does he even think anymore about what comes out of his mouth!?

jewells45 on August 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Chinese Infrastrucutre That Mirrors Barack Obama:

http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/08/beijings-brand.html

When I was walking around last weekend, I did get a surprise — an entirely fake building on a downtown street corner. And not just any old corner either, it’s on one of the most famous shopping streets in the country, Wangfujing — the Chinese equivalent of Oxford Street in London or Times Square in New York.

Vincenzo on August 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Another thing just showed Obama as completely ‘naive’, if he thinks ‘infrastructure’ is the way to attract business/better economy.

Which just showed all those lawmakers bickering about is another paved highway somewhere.

Sir Napsalot on August 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM

The iTunes issue is interesting because in an iPhone 3G TV commercial, the translate program they feature has the ChiCom flag as the background of its icon.

Wildcatter1980 on August 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Barack’s not going to be happy until we are all living like his lost brother in Kenya.

Maxx on August 22, 2008 at 9:23 AM

His brother is content to live on eleven bucks per year…plus change.

RushBaby on August 22, 2008 at 12:47 PM

not to mention abortion of potential female humans because you can only have 1, and it must be a boy.

Stupid is, as stupid is.

kirkill on August 22, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Vincenzo on August 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM

wow

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Please, God, make the McCain campaign pick up on this one. This fool is SO in over his head. Rank and file Democrats, especially unionists, HATE China. This could make for a killer ad in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM

So… he said he wants to punish companies who move their business to China… but then wants to emulate China here..

So would businesses who operate here still get punished if Barry creates the US in China?

DaveC on August 22, 2008 at 1:29 PM

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM

if done right, McCain wouldn’t need Mitt Romney to carry Michigan for him :)

DaveC on August 22, 2008 at 1:30 PM

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