LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government

posted at 3:46 pm on July 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s bad enough to have a columnist at one of America’s most prominent newspapers regularly singing the praises of Chinese authoritarianism.  It’s worse when high-ranking members of the American government do it.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood griped at the Aspen Ideas Festival about having to deal with political opposition, and yearned for the ease in which Beijing could impose solutions without having to deal with dissent:

Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail because of its authoritarian system and because the Chinese don’t have the Republican Party holding up progress.

“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million,” LaHood said in a short interview with The Cable on the sidelines of the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30. “In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.” …

“Two years ago, between 50 to 60 Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives to come to Washington to do nothing, and that’s what they’ve done and they’ve stopped any progress. Those people don’t have any vision about what the government can do. That’s been a real inhibitor in our ability to think outside the box and think big,” he said.

Er, high-speed rail is outside the box?  Democrats have been pushing that idea for decades, even while our current passenger-rail monopoly eats government subsidies while delivering the kind of performance one would expect from an anachronistic transportation medium. Air travel surpassed fixed-rail transportation in the 1950s and 1960s, with its flexibility on routes and moderately free-market competition for passengers.

In California, for instance, the state and the federal government will spend $100 billion to build a route between San Francisco and Los Angeles that will consist of a government monopoly riding on tracks near one of the largest earthquake faults in the world for most of its length, all to deliver passengers slower and at greater overall cost between two fixed points.  Airlines give consumers a choice of carriers and airports on either end of that route, will deliver passengers more quickly, and probably with a much wider choice of departure and arrival times. That sounds a lot more “outside the box,” and since the infrastructure for that already exists, it won’t cost an additional $100 billion for a state chronically in ten-figure budget deficits year in and year out.

Furthermore, the people sent those “50 to 60 Republicans” not to do nothing, but specifically to block the Obama administration’s agenda on big-spending government.  That is how democracy works, and why we have midterm elections — so that voters can issue a corrective to Presidents and Congresses that defy public will.  LaHood tried to tell The Cable that “democracy is preferable” after his hosanna to China, but it’s not clear that LaHood even understands how democracy works.

David Harsanyi echoes that concern at Human Events:

In my career, I’ve been lucky enough to meet cabinet members, governors, senators and even a few presidential candidates, but, honestly, I’ve never met anyone less impressive at the higher levels of government than LaHood. When I listened to him claim that commercial flying was a perilous mode of transportation, heard him say that bullet trains would soon replace cars and claim that building more bike lanes would solve the congestion problems in major cities … well, how can I put this: giving someone this silly a cabinet position should be an impeachable offense. Remember this is the guy who recklessly, and without evidence, suggested Americans “stop driving” Toyota for safety reasons right in the middle of the debate over the General Motors rescue.

And how has China’s authoritarianism worked out for its high-speed rail infrastructure?  About as well as you’d expect:

The problem — beyond the idea of spending untold billions on the antiquated technology of static choo-choo trains — is that the three people making all these wonderful decisions in China now have a high-speed rail system plagued by failurecorruption, out-of-control costs and legitimate safety concerns.

Apparently, LaHood hasn’t heard about this, despite Charles Lane’s exposé at the Washington Post in April 2011.  It’s yet another measure of the cluelessness of the China-boosters, but then again, anyone demanding massive government expenditures on fixed-rail transportation can’t be all that terribly bright in the first place.


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This shouldn’t be too surprising, remember what his boss had to say in March 2011?

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

h/t: Ed

pain train on July 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

What is about big-gov totalitarians and their love of 19th century transportation?

jukin3 on July 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Cramming humans into boxcars.

tom daschle concerned on July 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Can I sue the farkers up there in DC who’re pissing my money away as if it were only so much whitewash and needs not to have any correlation with the truth of the facts of import — some of which we have accidentally and fortuitously captured from the NoodleBet by God’s Grace and His understanding of His children’s curiosity and profound weakness.

hillbillyjim on July 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I’ll still take our crumbling republic over communist China thanks!
Though I wouldn’t mind going on vacation to China.

gwelf on July 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

You’re tourist visit is approved!

It would certainly be interesting to see Ed spend a week or two in China. I wonder if his views on China would change one way or the other, or stay the same?

DarkCurrent on July 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

O/T via Drudge :
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hours-after-meeting-obama-ohio-restaurant-owner-dies_648200.html

owner of an Akron restaurant where President Barack Obama stopped for breakfast this morning died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after meeting him.

burrata on July 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Let me channel Debbie Whatshername Schultz:

“The president is literally killing small-business owners.”

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I sometimes suspect that the proggies are obsessed with electric trains because they wanted one for several Christmases past and just never got one. Someone should send LaHood and those other jerks a nice Lionel set and maybe they can work their mental problems out at home without wasting billions of dollars we don’t have.

slickwillie2001 on July 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Fine Ray, just turn in your passport, renounce your citizenship, and I’m sure they can find you one of those cute brown quilted suits and a hat with a red star.

subsonic on July 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

If I were to be one of the three people to make such a decision, I’d route the next high-speed rail right through LaHood’s house and neighborhood.

I’m sure he’d appreciate the efficiency of my decision and the convenience of stepping off the train directly into his kitchen more than he would the lack of having any representative input into the decision itself.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Can we call them communists now?

jawkneemusic on July 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Exactly.

It’s inconceivable to me that this goes relatively unreported, and completely unpunished.

Tar, feathers and run out on a rail – period.

KMC1 on July 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

“Two years ago, between 50 to 60 Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives to come to Washington to do nothing, and that’s what they’ve done and they’ve stopped any progress. Those people don’t have any vision about what the government can do. That’s been a real inhibitor in our ability to think outside the box and think big,” he said.

“Those people” have the same vision about what government can do as did the Founders; ie, left unchecked, the government can be a pretty monstrous and evil thing.

If you were able to ask the people slaughtered during the Cultural Revolution, or the non-party members who survived it, I think you would find they too would agree with America’s Founders.

What ecological disaster befell Illinois that it could so copiously produce political mutations like Ray LaHood?

MessesWithTexas on July 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Sinophilia is becoming a tic with these people.

ConservativeLA on July 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

And, yes, Grammar Police, that was damn sure a run-on sentence, complete with missing punctuation and nonsensical typos that I cannot explain.

Anyway….

West By-God Virginia needs to screw themselves further into the ground. I’ll help.

Huh?

What’s that?

BREAKING, MIND_BLOWING NEWS:

Jugeared Ojesus has proclaimed his bad self to be the Caliph of the Ages, and swears fealty to his own image, which he finds, rather dramatically, every morning — even as he is aspiring to the demise of the blond-brained Ms. Chambers.

Yes, really.

hillbillyjim on July 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Sinophilia is becoming a tic with these people.

ConservativeLA on July 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

They don’t have much of a choice, since Reagan took out their beloved Soviet Union.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

As a matter of fact, the dunce seems to have captured every convenience in her post-Cheers decline.

Awwww.

‘Tis sad-making, it is.

hillbillyjim on July 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Can I sue the farkers up there in DC who’re pissing my money away as if it were only so much whitewash and needs not to have any correlation with the truth of the facts of import — some of which we have accidentally and fortuitously captured from the NoodleBet by God’s Grace and His
understanding of His children’s curiosity and profound weakness
.

hillbillyjim on July 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

most of IL pols are run by the chi machine…r or d, no diff

r keller on July 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

LaHood, what an appropriate name. He is a first class idiot with entirely too much power…. from chicago no less.

Ray LaHood is NOT from Chicago. He is from Peoria, IL. There is a huge difference between Chicago and Peoria.

Please keep in mind that there’s also a difference between strongly disagreeing with someone’s policies and ideas and calling them an “idiot.” Ray LaHood has been respected for years on both sides of the political divide. Whether or not you agree with his politics and current ideas . . . he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail because of its authoritarian system and because the Chinese don’t have the Republican Party holding up progress.

Because nothing says progress like one-party rule.

It’s going to be a great day when dissent is patriotic again.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

TheHood’s an idiot and an offense to any decent American. He belongs in China.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Ray LaHood also has a great 1-child policy he wants to tell you about.

LetsBfrank on July 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Arrogant SOB. Fine if you are one of the three or even the three thousand. But how about the rest of us peasants — the one that you think you have the right to boss around — you bastard?

God in Heaven I hate these people.

clippermiami on July 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ray LaHood has been respected for years on both sides of the political divide.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

But the divide has gotten bigger.

WryTrvllr on July 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

This makes my blood boil. I suppose I should be freakin’ grateful that the moron had the audacity to say aloud what most of his treacherous ilk say in private as they work to subjugate the people to their nefarious will, but for some reason I can’t get past the pompous retarded sentiment behind what he is saying. These are the types of words that lead to horrible.. terrible.. no good.. very bad outcomes from which there is no possible turning back.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

God in Heaven I hate these people.

clippermiami on July 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I wish I only hated them. They are traitors to America and should be rounded up and tried for treason and other high crimes against the people. I know there is no stomach for it, but until and unless traitors like this and the rest of his putrid ilk are taken care of, we’re on a one way path to be enslaved by the Obamite Authoritarian Oligarchy.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Unfortunately, in Aspen this LaHood clown probably found a lot of sympathetic ears. Limousine liberals, croissant communists, and all that.

RebeccaH on July 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

It su*ks being empowered to think.

Limerick on July 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

O/T via Drudge :
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hours-after-meeting-obama-ohio-restaurant-owner-dies_648200.html

owner of an Akron restaurant where President Barack Obama stopped for breakfast this morning died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after meeting him.

burrata on July 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The guy most likely found out how much ObamaTax was going to cost his business.

HumpBot Salvation on July 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

man I read comments at thecable source, course all the teabaggers are evil and stupid stuff.
nothing about how the chinese rail system is all eyewash.
rail is great for freight.
thats easy to remember as it rhymes, rail is great for freight.
rail is good for intercity, subways and etc.
rail is not good for the long distances, track mtx alone on a HSR would kill it.
Want to see how expensive it really could be?
make amtrack run on their own tracks.
they would only move a few hundred miles.
I think the railroads should kick amtrack off their rails to prove a point.
billions, even trillions, of dollars would be wasted this and it would not help 80% of the people.
most people do not live in cities no matter how much the “elites” like to pretend. We live out in rural areas and do not want this crap invading us.

dmacleo on July 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I have to say there are only two possibilities for anyone that believes what he believes and says the words he said, the most generous possibility is that he is an idiot. If he is so stupid as to believe that, then we are morons for having allowed him to sully us by electing the scoundrel that appointed him. The other possibility for these so-called ‘smart people’ who could believe that is that they are evil. Pure, horrifying, cruel despotic authoritarian nasty evil people who wish to subjugate the masses and inflict their world view upon them.

So, it’s either moron or maggot. Take your pick.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Is there a tally-board for people that die after dealings with the president and his lackeys?

I hope the poor gentleman rests in peace. Prayers for his family.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The guy most likely found out how much ObamaTax was going to cost his business.

HumpBot Salvation on July 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

UM, I don’t know too many “guys” named Josephine. And she was 70.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Can we just send him there on a mission, and then refuse to let him come back?

RalphyBoy on July 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

So LaHood is evocating a return to feudalistic system? Is that what he is saying? Who gets to be king? Or dictator? Or does he prefer something with a Roman flair?

Little Nell on July 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Please keep in mind that there’s also a difference between strongly disagreeing with someone’s policies and ideas and calling them an “idiot.” Ray LaHood has been respected for years on both sides of the political divide. Whether or not you agree with his politics and current ideas . . . he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You mean the same Republican LaHood who forced Jack Ryan to step out of his Senate run, which cleared the path for State Senator Obama?

If that guy is not an idiot, then he’s an enemy of the state.

budfox on July 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.”

You’re right Ray. In America, we have “conservationists” and other special interest groups, working in concert with government bureaucracies, to ensure that nothing gets done.

Damn – those Chinese have it so much better!

Hill60 on July 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I just saw this and haven’t read the comments yet.

In case no one has noted it, LaHood is (was) a Republican, from Illinois.

About half the Republicans in Illinois are actually Democrats in GOP drag. They are quite literally RINOs. They have two purposes: 1) subvert the GOP in Illinois and, 2) maintain the appearance there actually is significant opposition to the Dems in the state.

For the most part they make deals with the Chicago and Cook County Machine that benefit themselves and their local consituent buddies. They may as well be part of The Machine. John Kass, who assumed Royko’s newspaper columns after his death, calls this alliance of Dems and RINOs at the Illinois state level The Combine. Lyin’ Ryan was prototypical. LaHood is another example.

farsighted on July 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

He’s not an idiot, he’s a clever and patient Marxist.

Xasprtr on July 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Ed, go to China and report it for us.

DarkCurrent on July 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Oh, and, I sometimes have trouble believing John Kass is still alive. I spent a few years over there, they don’t pull a lot of punches.

Xasprtr on July 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

O/T via Drudge :
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hours-after-meeting-obama-ohio-restaurant-owner-dies_648200.html

owner of an Akron restaurant where President Barack Obama stopped for breakfast this morning died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after meeting him.

burrata on July 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Little Bammie’s campaign team is on-site at this moment reminding his family that you can contribute to his campaign directly via your Last Will and thereby avoid the death tax.

slickwillie2001 on July 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

UM, I don’t know too many “guys” named Josephine. And she was 70.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

In lieu of flowers Obozo has set up a new web site….

WryTrvllr on July 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Ask us for a one way ticket to China, Mr. La Hood, go ahead make our day.

The problem — beyond the idea of spending untold billions on the antiquated technology of static choo-choo trains — is that the three people making all these wonderful decisions in China now have a high-speed rail system plagued by failure, corruption, out-of-control costs and legitimate safety concerns.

Just like Calli is goin’ to have, courtesy of all the libs there.

Kissmygrits on July 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

GTFO you dictator-wannabe.

Midas on July 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Ray LaHood has been respected for years on both sides of the political divide. Whether or not you agree with his politics and current ideas … he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You must be drunk. He’s a douchebag and an idiot, and no one respects him for anything.

Jaibones on July 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Little Bammie’s campaign team is on-site at this moment reminding his family that you can contribute to his campaign directly via your Last Will and thereby avoid the death tax.

slickwillie2001 on July 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Excellent!

PatMac on July 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

so why don’t you go live there, jerk?

chai on July 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million,

So typical. See.. this is what they do. They create all the problems and then come in with Marxist solutions. Libs and Democrats are the ones actually screwing up our progress. They have stood in the way of everything good. Because of them it’ll eventually take 40 years to build a power plant or a major highway. Then.. they come in and lament how “If only we could be dictators we could do this so much faster.”

JellyToast on July 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Those people don’t have any vision about what the government can do.

On the contrary, you incompetent tyrant, we have the perfect vision of what government can do: give me back MY money so I can use it as I see fit. Then, F— Off.

fitzfong on July 6, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Add LaHood’s comments to this:


Classic Ronald Reagan vs. Present-Day Democrats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wusgcG4rfo

ITguy on July 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Studying Chinese history as a hobby, I’ve seen writings from men dead for 18 centuries that show what could have been, but for the twists of fate, the foundations our intended form of government.

Seriously. Low taxes to promote growth and employment, few departments of government and those reigned in tightly to prevent abuse and fraud, one chapter even decries all but the most limited welfare programs for the express purpose of not making dependents out of the able. Civilian leadership over the military on a large scale, with the understanding that those the in the field do what is right and necessary, and ignore stupid orders from the guy in the posh castle back home. Even the beginning hints of a vote.

Damn shame they continue to ignore their own history, or forceably change it.

I have no love for modern China, the only things I’d care to see if I did go are the tombs and shrines of these same dead men.

PXCharon on July 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

This is the first I’m hearing of this. The MSM is our real enemy.

Mr. Arrogant on July 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Fine and dandy Ray, but if you’re one of the three and you make a mistake, you get taken out and shot.

I guess that’s OK, as long as it’s you…

Mr. Grump on July 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

In the U.S. it only takes one idiot in charge to nix the Keystone XL pipeline. Maybe furthering relations with a friendly neighboring country, and ally, is not thinking out of the box enough for LaHood. Not to mention the thousands of real jobs that would be created in the process. But transporting evil oil just doesn’t give Libs the same thrill up their leg as bullet trains.

HoosierStateofMind on July 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Would that the Roman people had but one neck!

- Caligula

One Ring to Rule Them All
One Ring to Find Them

One Ring to Bring Them All
And In the Darkness Bind Them

In Washington Where the Shadows Lie

- The One Ring (With apologies for the stanza change)

itsspideyman on July 7, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Faux outrage. I wish we could hit the reset button to quick undo everything done in the last 100 years in one fell swoop without having to cut through all the compromising and pandering and BS. Who doesn’t wish those things regardless of what side they’re on ideologically? Reality doesn’t work that way but you can’t blame those with convictions for wishing it were so.

KingOfTheRoad on July 7, 2012 at 5:01 AM

What do you expect from control-freak liberals, Commies etc? I have yet to meet one with a humility gene, or understandably, a love of God.

Don L on July 7, 2012 at 6:02 AM

These people now in charge of America bring to mind my favorite despot Idi Amin, who said: “Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking.” and “Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking.” and last but certainly not least:”You cannot run faster than a bullet.”
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/i/idi_amin.html#commLZoOQ4K58OFy.99

jarhead0311 on July 7, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Sorry for the double quote above. I mean to include:”If we knew the meaning to everything that is happening to us, then there would be no meaning.”

One nice thing about ole Idi is that he never minced words or worried what the press might think. Of course one must remember he felt certain “you cannot run faster than a bullet”.

jarhead0311 on July 7, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Ray LaHood is NOT from Chicago. He is from Peoria, IL. There is a huge difference between Chicago and Peoria.

Please keep in mind that there’s also a difference between strongly disagreeing with someone’s policies and ideas and calling them an “idiot.” Ray LaHood has been respected for years on both sides of the political divide. Whether or not you agree with his politics and current ideas . . . he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Oh. Mrs. LaHood posts here, huh?

Ummmm…..if you actually read what he says in public, yes, he’s an idiot.

What, Peoria some kind of Nazi super-genius breeder reactor or something? If so, I am not impressed.

98ZJUSMC on July 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM

So LaHood is evocating a return to feudalistic system?

There it is. The sub-atomic particle of progressive thought. They wet-dream over this constantly. Serfs, grouped in government muti-story, temperature-regulated, concrete hovels. Their only means of transportation being government run transit to their place of servitude. Government approved Soylent for sustenance and no travel outside of your zone.

Suburbs will be razed and everyone herded into city fiefdoms. Resistors will be…..eliminated. Hush-hush, of course. The MSM would cover everything up very tidily for them. Automobiles will be eliminated. Travel permits will be required for transit to and from individual fiefdoms. Rural living will consist of government farmers only.

They mask it all in a Socialist Utopia fortune cookie. Read the fortune. Everything they say is literally dripping with this.

98ZJUSMC on July 7, 2012 at 7:27 AM

If it comes with the name ASPEN attached to it…..it’s new world order, progressive, earth worshipping crapola.

……..chances are.

And by the way little local politicians are being sucked into these groups by people grooming them for higher office.

More group think…….and its not thinking about individual liberty and freedom. It’s about bigger and bigger intrusive government.

Think Agenda 21 hub.

PappyD61 on July 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM

This is why all of our transportation infrastructure should be owned by stockholders not politicians – even if the holding companies are regulated monopolies. It would be better than this crap.

rock the casbah on July 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Like I’ve said, if you want to get a real grip on who these people are and what they believe remember they cut their youthful teeth on Mao’s great leap forward eras.

Sadly, like most power hungry leftists, they don’t want to accept what a huge failure it was. But they do love the power Mao had. You want to get an understanding of how devastating his last years were, read “Mao’s Last Revolution”.

Not only will it give you understanding as to why this administration acts the way it does, it will scare the living stuffings out of you.

There is a UK review site I’ll link here. (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/668) I spent time blogging about it on my site. wwww.truthandcommonsense.com (here is one link)

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2011/03/07/gateway-reports-of-communist-actions-oregons-osu-professors-striking-back-at-political-opponents-children/

It is a thick book, documented in detail and like I said scary, very scary. What people will do to each other in order to remain in favor of “Dear Leader” will make your stomach turn.

I sincerely believe Obama is hoping to duplicate Mao’s methods, slightly modified for advanced technology and our culture, but Mao’s ways nevertheless.

This is a bad time in America and we need to quit complaining and start hammering back at the Left. They are a minority and shouldn’t be allowed to ruin our nation for everybody.

archer52 on July 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The problem — beyond the idea of spending untold billions on the antiquated technology of static choo-choo trains — is that the three people making all these wonderful decisions in China now have a high-speed rail system plagued by failure, corruption, out-of-control costs and legitimate safety concerns.

With this administration failure, corruption, cost overruns and safety concerns are features not problems. As long as the Democratic Party gets its kickbacks from the Unions, Management, and Trial Lawyers they will support more of the same.

It is beyond belief that LaHood was actually a Republican. Also it is beyond belief that so many of our “intellectuals” envy China and / or idolize Mao.

jpmn on July 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

This is a bad time in America and we need to quit complaining and start hammering back at the Left. They are a minority and shouldn’t be allowed to ruin our nation for everybody.

archer52 on July 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Dead-center o’the bull’s-eye, archer52. I respectfully raise my Saturday Morning Martini glass to you, my fellow-American.

TheClearRiver on July 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Nice to see LaHood show his totalitariann lusts. And for a technology that has been around for about 180 years. Progressives ? It would be nice if these fools just came out and said they want to throw millions to the unions, but they can’t let the suckers see the scam.

arand on July 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The one man standing in the way of a long row of tanks show you everything you need to know both about the Chinese opposition and how China handles opposition.

How is this any worse than a businessman complaining about his employees and waxing nostalgic about slavery?

29Victor on July 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This is the first I’m hearing of this. The MSM is our real enemy.

Mr. Arrogant on July 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

This.

justltl on July 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Tyranny is so… efficient. For the tyrants.

Kenosha Kid on July 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I’ll reiterate what I’ve said, so many times before:

For those of you who think that absolute tyranny cannot happen here, it is that type of mindset that will make it possible.

What this totalitarian pig said is a reflection of the Democrat/Communist mindset.

They are Statists, and their goal is totalitarian control over us.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I have no love for modern China, the only things I’d care to see if I did go are the tombs and shrines of these same dead men.

PXCharon on July 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You should make the trip. At least you could say “I’ve seen it”

DarkCurrent on July 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Whether or not you agree with his politics and current ideas . . . he’s no idiot.

pianomomma on July 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Sorry. But anybody who yammers the kind of nonsense that LaHood yammers is most certainly an idiot.

(Or a despot-wannabe)

Solaratov on July 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

LaHood envies the power of big dog policy makers in a fascist totalitarian communist government.

So do Obama and Pelosi and a large part of the, ahem, “Democratic” Party.

farsighted on July 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

and that stalin dude sure got things done- like that awesomely widespread famine in the ukraine. he certainly couldn’t have cleansed the kulaks so effectively and efficiently with any evil Republicans lolling around doing nothing or with a burdensome Constitution/ Bill of Rights obstructing all the progress progressivism.

mittens on July 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

just another communist in obamao’s regime

ultracon on July 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

LaHood just another incompetent and corrupt babbling fool reinforcing Obama and his administration are definitely in over their heads when it comes to leading a free nation. Like all libs anyone who disagrees with him is unnecessary to deal with because no one else is as smart. Communism is always easier to lead because you are never accountable and everyone else has to pay for your mistakes. What a piece of garbage LaHood is.

volsense on July 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Obama could have chosen his entire cabinet from the state home my Down’s Syndrome brother ended his life in. It wouldn’t matter. Every move and every major decision in the Obama regime is Obama’s. These people exist to give the festering piece of dog sh*t in the White House cover. That any or all of them admire the Chinese model is little surprise and of no real consequence when compared to the diseased, dictatorial mindset of their boss.

Extrafishy on July 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Mr. LaHood approves of an authoritarian government because he can’t imagine that he would be subject to a decision that affects him in a way that he wouldn’t like or, at least, approve of. I think it likely that he also finds it hard to believe that anybody or anybodies could get in charge of such a government and have it do things that he wouldn’t, mostly, approve of especially as he currently doesn’t have to live under such a government.

The question is not whether a government run by benevolent people can do good, but what happens when not-so-benevolent people take charge. If there is nothing, like a hard-to-change Constitution that is respected, to hinder the benevolent people then there is nothing to hinder the not-so-benevolent ones either.

I keep thinking of the old Star Trek episode, Patterns of Force, where the difference in the way John Gill’s intended plans worked out depended on whether John Gill (benevolent guy) or Malekon (not-benevolent guy) was in charge.

Russ808 on July 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

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