That's the kind of stuff you'd expect to hear from a Presidential candidate, wouldn't you?
Then we get Obama.
I don't know where he was when he made this speech, and it won't show up on YouTube because although apparently his speech was being recorded, it wasn't being filmed.
Here's what he said:
"Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now in the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly superior to us now, which means if you're a corporation deciding where to do business, you're starting to think Beijing looks like a pretty good option."
In the first place, it's interesting to listen to Obama's tone of voice. (I've never listened to him, or McCain for that matter, give a complete speech, but I hear all the soundbytes that Limbaugh and Hannity play on their shows.) And whenever he's in these soundbytes, he always sounds so sarcastic, so contemptuous of his country, or of whatever topic he's criticizing.
Okay, now let's talk about China.
Yes, we buy our clothes from China, our tools from China...practically any material goods we buy come from China...and similarly a lot of factories and such in the US that used to produce those things have gone out of business, because US employees expect to earn a little thing called a minimum wage, while Third World countries can pay their employees a dollar a day for doing the same work.
Anyone hear that the Government of China ordered that no cars should be driven in Beijing for a month (or was it two?) to try to get rid of some of the pollutin in the city? Did Obama not read that one news bit about American athletes who showed up at the airport wearing face masks because they were afraid of the pollution?
What countries - other than communist or socialist ones - can order its people to not drive their cars in a huge city for an entire month?
But if the Democrats have their way in the US.... that's probably ecxactly what's going to happen. If they don't just take the easy way out and ensure that the cost of gas continues to go through the roof....
What else did Obama say in this little quote...
"Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly superior to us now"
Could this be because we have to pay welfare payments to people who refuse to work? Or give welfare payments to illegal aliens who haven't contributed anythign to our country but still for some reason deserve benefits that citizens get? Because we give humanitarian aid to any and every country that has an earthquake or needs peace keeping -- something China doesn't do... they're busy squeezing the life out of ...what's it called...oh, yeah.... Tibet!!!
Yeah...the war in Iraq is costing us money and its about damn time that the Iraqi's paid us for helping them out... but there are a helluva lot of other factors contributing to the reason why China is outspending us and getting their ports and their infrastructure...
It's called not giving a damn about the environment. It's called not having to deal with protesters who won't let them drill for oil....not having to deal with protesters who want to save a fish or a town and so won't let a hydroelectric damn or a nuclear plant be built....
Now...it's not just Obama who thinks that China is a great country. China has "most favored nation" status with us and has had it for a while.... after Tienemen Square I don't think there was even a hope in hell that they'd lose that status...I'm thinking we didn't even speak harshly to them... we can't afford to upset the Chinese because they have the whole world for whom they can sell their goods, and if they decide to cut us off...there ain't a damn thing we can do about it.
So I guess Obama was just doing what any presidential candidate these days would do... suck up to a country that has power over us.