Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Elizabeth Warren: U.S. should be more like Communist China

In an ad that played during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren suggested the United States be more like Communist China, the New York Sun reported Monday.

“We've got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America?” Warren asked. “Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better.”

The New York Sun added:

The ad juxtaposes robust Chinese cranes and dump trucks with decaying American bridges and idle but sympathetic-looking American workers wearing hard-hats.

The Sun also noted that Warren - a candidate for the U.S. Senate - was the inspiration for Barack Obama's "you didn't build that" comment, and the President has been "making similar points about infrastructure on the campaign trail."

Ira Stoll was not impressed with Warren's message.

"Professor Warren’s approach is so flawed that it’s amazing that her campaign would spend the money on putting it into a prime-time Olympics commercial that was presumably designed not to alienate people but rather to get them to vote for her. You really have to see it to believe it."

For starters, to reach the 9 percent Chinese level, Stoll wrote that the government would have to spend an "additional $1 trillion a year."

"To put it in context," he said, "the entire federal government spent about $3.6 trillion in 2011, on revenues of about $2.3 trillion."

Considering that Warren has already promised massive tax increases to pay for deficit reduction, Stoll said she would need to either eliminate "all national defense spending ($705 billion) or all Social Security spending ($730 billion) and then find another more than quarter trillion dollars."

He also observed that America has been building roads and bridges for many years, unlike China.

Finally, he notes that China, unlike the United States, is not a 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," he wrote.

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh called the ad "unbelievable."

"Yeah, be like China," he said. "That's Elizabeth Warren. That's the ad she's running to get elected to the Senate, asking people in Massachusetts, look, I'll do for you what the Chinese communists have done. It's just unbelievable."

Twitchy reported that conservatives responded to her ad on Twitter.

"Liz Warren wants us to be as good as China. Population control? Free Speech? This fake indian is nuts, (sic)" one person tweeted.

"Just heard an ad where Elizabeth Warren commented on China vs. the United know what else they have that we don't...communism, (sic)" tweeted another.

Another person noted that "dissent is outlawed" in Communist China.

Yet another suggested that Warren and Obama "run for office in China and leave America to the capitalists."

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