Thursday, November 19, 2009

Obama in Beijing: Republican or Mandarin?

I watched enough of Obama's press conference in Beijing to recoil in horror.  President Obama gave the appearance of having arrived in Beijing with no real strategy, no particularly ambitious goals of his own, no particularly inspiring agenda relating to the environment.*   As for the economy, this AP report confirms what I thought I heard on TV (but sincerely hoped I had misheard). 
BEIJING — President Barack Obama says he's worried that spending too much money to help revive the economy could undermine a fragile U.S. recovery and throw the economy into a double-dip recession.  That's when the economy begins to recover briefly from a recession only to be dragged back under.
Further spending will increase the deficit somewhat, but would that really cause the recession to worsen?    If stimulus creates new jobs (or spares existing jobs), there will be more taxpayers.  As one economist has put it: more taxpayers means more people paying down the debt.   The article continues:
Obama told Fox News in an interview Wednesday that his administration is weighing tax breaks that could encourage businesses to begin hiring again.
Is Obama talking to a Fox News reporter or channeling Fox News?   The problem with proposing "tax breaks" is that your business only pays taxes if it makes a profit.   Struggling small businesses are not helped by tax cuts during a recession.   They need access to capital: banks willing to loan them money.   AP continues:
But he added that it's important to recognize that if the nation keeps adding to deficit spending through tax cuts or more stimulus spending, at some point people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy and that could "lead to a double-dip recession."
Who are these "people" of such shaky "confidence"?   Might he be referring to investors?   The Chinese?  I am reminded of what Krugman recently wrote in a NY Times op/ed:
Unfortunately, the Chinese don’t seem to get it: rather than face up to the need to change their currency policy, they’ve taken to lecturing the United States, telling us to raise interest rates and curb fiscal deficits — that is, to make our unemployment problem even worse. 

And I’m not sure the Obama administration gets it, either.
It seems Obama wasn't only telling Fox News viewers what they want to hear, he was also agreeing to do what the Chinese have been telling the Americans to do.  Evidently, Beijing doesn't  care how many more Americans lose their jobs any more than Wall Street.  China just wanted the equivalent of a very deep bow.  And they got it.
* Fallows has a made list of various joint initiatives relating to the environment.   He says it remains to be seen "which ones are serious, which ones are for show."


  1. obama is an idiot. china doesn't care about the usa. if they did, they would respect our IP properties. but alas, with all the piracy of software, drugs, music, movies, etc. we know they don't.

    if all the countries in the world paid us just 10 cents for every stolen drug, movie, music, software, etc, america wouldn't be in the financial straits that they are in.

    like so many other americans, obama is an idiot.

    we gave the world all these things, and the world in return is robbing from us blind. and guys like obama are saying "we are to blame for OUR financial problems?"

    it's like every country is practicing rampant protectionism, and our politicians are telling us not to do so? you've got to wonder where these people have parked their brains.

    you've got guys on o'reilly telling us that we cannot live without the cheap products coming from overseas. ..YET that is what all the other countries are doing.


    cocaine using, marijuana smoking, brain dead, STUPID hippies.

  2. When a country owes as much to China as Duhmerica does it needs to bow and scrape before its betters! China owns Duhmerica. Hu Jintao will soon deplane in DC, knock on the front door of the WH and demand the keys! Congratulations Duhmerica all those useless consumer goods you bought on credit as well as your wars of aggression are coming home to roost! Another chorus of Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be a Duhmerican......."!


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