From American Thinker
Andy Stern: In praise of Communist China
By Rick Moran
December 1, 2011
Oh, the irony! If former SEIU Thug-in-chief Andy Stern tried to set up a union independent of the Chinese government, he would be thrown in prison for a very long time.
And yet, here he is on the pages of the (just whisper it, Andy) WALL STREET Journal, praising the Chinese “model” (whatever that is) and gloating over the “death” of free market capitalism:
The conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model-so successful in the 20th century-is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century. In an era when countries need to become economic teams, Team USA’s results-a jobless decade, 30 years of flat median wages, a trade deficit, a shrinking middle class and phenomenal gains in wealth but only for the top 1%-are pathetic.
This should motivate leaders to rethink, rather than double down on an empirically failing free-market extremism. As painful and humbling as it may be, America needs to do what a once-dominant business or sports team would do when the tide turns: study the ingredients of its competitors’ success.
While we debate, Team China rolls on. Our delegation witnessed China’s people-oriented development in Chongqing, a city of 32 million in Western China, which is led by an aggressive and popular Communist Party leader-Bo Xilai. A skyline of cranes are building roughly 1.5 million square feet of usable floor space daily-including, our delegation was told, 700,000 units of public housing annually.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government can boast that it has established in Western China an economic zone for cloud computing and automotive and aerospace production resulting in 12.5% annual growth and 49% growth in annual tax revenue, with wages rising more than 10% a year.
For those of us who love this country and believe America has every asset it needs to remain the No. 1 economic engine of the world, it is troubling that we have no plan-and substitute a demonization of government and worship of the free market at a historical moment that requires a rethinking of both those beliefs.
Of course China has a “plan” – that’s what Communists do. They can dictate where to invest, who wins and who loses – and the only way you’re going to win is if you join the Communist party. There is no freedom of action, little entrepreneurship (the hoops they make you jump through to start a business in China are mind boggling), and a regimented labor force who can’t strike, can’t lobby for worker safety (the coal mining safety record is appalling), and are forced to take what the government gives them and like it.
Andy Stern is an idiot. And this proves it:
As this was happening, I was part of a U.S.-China dialogue-a trip organized by the China-United States Exchange Foundation and the Center for American Progress-with high-ranking Chinese government officials, both past and present. For me, the tension resulting from the chorus of American criticism paled in significance compared to reading the emerging outline of China’s 12th five-year plan. The aims: a 7% annual economic growth rate; a $640 billion investment in renewable energy; construction of six million homes; and expanding next-generation IT, clean-energy vehicles, biotechnology, high-end manufacturing and environmental protection-all while promoting social equity and rural development.
“Social equity???” In a Communist country?That is so far down the list of goals for the Chinese government it’s damn near invisible. Only a moronic liberal, eager to believe anything told him by hosts who take full advantage of the mindless naivete of their guests could possibly be fooled by such utter nonsense.
I don’t know whether Stern realizes what an ass he is making of himself by believing that you can actually “plan” 7% growth over 5 years. And there is so much that Stern isn’t including in this hymn to central planning that it is simply outrageous to take what he’s saying here without a huge grain of salt.
China is building 6 million homes because they don’t have enough housing for its workers. That’s because previous 5 year plans failed to account for such. They are investing in “renewable energy” largely because they have the most polluted cities on the planet. Recall the Olympics where the IOC almost refused to allow the marathon to be run because of the choking smog that covered Beijing. Nasty air and water due to government carelessness and neglect is a fact of life in China. For them, developing an alternative to coal is a matter of life and death.
The Chinese can manufacture all they want because they can pay their workers anything they wish. No mention by the former labor leader about the low wages being paid Chinese workers and why it’s against the law to agitate for more.
Hmmm……Andy Stern went with the Center for American Progress to China….Read at links below:
Is the Center for American Progress ACTUALLY the Soros funded “Shadow Party”? Does Obama actually Follow CAP’s Instructions?
Why Are Andy Stern and Anna Burger of the SEIU Partisan To China’s ACFTU (Ties To Chinese Communist Party)?
Related Link: Soros Fixer Podesta Meets with Chinese Reds
FOR MORE ON John Podesta and the Center for American Progress, please read:
John Podesta, the Center for American Progress, and the Communist-friendly Modern Progressive Movement.
WHY do all the washed-up Communists always end up either within or tied to the Center for American Progress?
Does Hillary Clinton still want to say SHE started the Center for American Progress?
MEET THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
CAP’s Liberal Leadership:
Former Clinton Chief Of Staff John Podesta Launched “Liberal Policy Institute” Center For American Progress (CAP) “To Drive The Message For Democrats.” (Julia Malone, “Activists Race To Fill ‘Soft Money’ Gap,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/21/03)
The Nation: “It’s Not Completely Wrong To See [CAP] As A Shadow Government, A Kind Of Clinton White-House-In-Exile – Or A White House Staff In Readiness For President Hillary Clinton.” (Robert Dreyfuss, “An Idea Factory For The Democrats,” The Nation, 3/1/04)
“It Is The Official Hillary Clinton Think Tank.” (Christian Bourge, “Analysis: Liberal Think Tank Debuts,” United Press International, 7/7/03)
CAP’s Extreme Left Wing Funding:
George Soros Reportedly Pledged $3 Million To CAP. (Amy Westfeldt, “Billionaire Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is – Toward Ousting Bush,” The Associated Press, 6/10/04)
- Soros Has Been Called The “Daddy Warbucks” Of Drug Legalization. Joseph A. Califano Jr., Op-Ed, “Devious Efforts To Legalize Drugs,” The Washington Post, 12/4/96)
Major Democrat 527 Donors Peter Lewis And Marion Sandler Sit On CAP’s Board. “For example, in 2003, Peter B. Lewis and Marion Sandler sat on the board of the Center for American Progress, a 501c3 non-profit. They are also major donors to Section 527 organizations involved in this year’s political discussions. Peter Lewis is ranked #2 in donations to 527s this cycle after giving $23.1 million. Marion Sandler and her husband are ranked #4 after giving $13 million.” (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 11/17/04)
- Peter Lewis, George Soros And John Sperling Have “Bankrolled The Pro-Pot Movement.” (Joel Stein, “The New Politics Of Pot; Can It Go Legit?” Time, 11/4/02)