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Friday, August 22, 2008

Obama on American and Chinese Infrastructure

This February, Barack Obama called for:
"the establishment of a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that would invest $60 billion over a ten year period for highways, technology, and other projects. Obama proposed this concept as a component of his $210 billion economic stimulus package, when he made an economic policy address at a GE Assembly Plant on Wednesday. “For our economy, our safety, and our workers, we have to rebuild America,” said Obama. “This investment will multiply into almost half a trillion dollars of infrastructure spending and generate nearly two million new jobs—many of them in the construction industry that’s been hit hard by the housing crisis.”
Yesterday, Obama had this to say:
"Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics , Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business, you're starting to think, 'Beijing looks like a pretty good option.'"

Hugh Hewitt calls the Communists' Olympic infrastructure in Beijing "eye candy."

For instance, the Communists' iconic "Bird's Nest" stadium is nothing more than those that have become a dime a dozen here in the states. According to Wikipedia, the stadium currently has a seating capacity of 80,000 and ten people were killed in its construction. We have lots of those (without the deaths). Just about every city in America boasts some massive stadium that rivals the Bird's Nest. Here's a list of just the NCAA's largest stadiums.

To steal a line from Owen Wilson, they've got a 2,000 year old civilization (with a Billion of starving and oppressed people), and this is all they could come up with? The fact is that even in rural areas, American infrastructure is vastly superior to Chinese infrastructure. I guarantee you won't be driving 95 miles per hour in western China's highways, but in "nowhere" Nevada and Montana people regularly drive faster than that. America's infrastructure is just one item in a long list of things Obama has thrown under the bus.

Let's face it folks, with all the rain this week at the Olympics, it is obvious that the Bird's Nest is just another glorified Texas Stadium which you can neither heat when it's cold nor cool when it's hot. Here in the States our stadiums have trains, water slides, retractable roofs and football fields that roll in and out on giant rails. I didn't see any drunk Chinese Olympic fans by the center field fence sitting in "lazy boys" or hot tubs like we've got here.

Update: I hope Barry Obama doesn't forget about Texas' shrines to High School Football when he's commenting on which country's infrastructure is better.

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