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State of The Union - Conservative View



April 20, 2012 – Comments (2)

Long read. Totally worth it, ... try reading it but strip it off the China issue.  Consider The Union on its very own, state of it vis-a-vis itself.  Just one suggestion, ...

The rise of China surely ranks among the most important world developments of the last 100 years. With America still trapped in its fifth year of economic hardship, and the Chinese economy poised to surpass our own before the end of this decade, China looms very large on the horizon. We are living in the early years of what journalists once dubbed “The Pacific Century,” yet there are worrisome signs it may instead become known as “The Chinese Century.” ...

China’s Rise, America’s Fall


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#1) On April 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM, DJDynamicNC (41.12) wrote:

The premise of the article is that a billion human beings are enjoying vastly increased prosperity and entering the market and competing with other countries. It also points out that unlike the United States, the vast majority of Chinese prosperity gains have flowed back to the average people rather than an elite wealthy class (the 1%, in modern parlance). It also notes a huge drop in poverty rates and vastly improved standards of living. It notes that the Chinese government is building an incredibly advanced high speed rail infrastructure (for 200 billion dollars - a price tag we could easily afford if we had the will for it) and 35 million units of modern housing to help keep city life affordable and sanitary. That's China.

It then goes on to detail America's gloomy outlook. It points out how the Obama administration is carrying over wide swathes of Bush administration policies such as torture, illicit warfare and imperialism. It states that wage stagnation and economic inequality remain rampant. It says that Wall Street is an extractive parasite on the economy that the government has failed to reign in, and it specifically calls out the powerful and damaging influence of money in elections.

How is this in a magazine called "The American Conservative"? Every point about China is about how great its doing as a result of socialist interventions and policy, and every problem it cites with America is conservative policy. I would expect that sort of thing from a liberal magazine and I largely agree with the analysis, but that's a gigantic repudiation of conservative policy and thinking, in a conservative magazine.

That's really surprising.

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#2) On April 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM, wcaseym (42.49) wrote:

Here is another principled conservative who is much, much strongly protesting the right's behavior!

Unplugging Americans From The Matrix



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