Joe Biden’s speech. What does providing affordable health care have to do with wind turbines in China?

Joe Biden’s speech to Congress last night was a disappointment.

I’m not talking about Joe’s plodding speaking style.

And I am certainly not talking about his proposals for expanding health care and other desperately needed social programs. In fact, while demonstrating some progress in this area, there’s so much more to do.

It is shocking that we are the only industrialized nation with no national health care system.

“A single mom in Texas wrote to me,” Biden said.

“She said when she couldn’t work, this relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction. A grandmother in Virginia told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor — something she put off for months because she didn’t have the money.”

But Joe spent so much time blaming China, I kept thinking, “How is this China’s fault?”

If we had national healthcare, that Virginia grandmother wouldn’t need to depend on a one-time relief check in order to take her granddaughter to a doctor.

If we had a system of government affordable housing, the Texas mom would never be threatened at losing shelter for herself and her son.

These stories are an admission of our own political leaders’ shameful neglect of our people’s basic needs.

What does it have to do with China?

To me, his speech was characterized by obsessive, aggressive talk about China. Biden began and ended with a statement that his goal was “winning the future for America.” But it was said in the context of challenging China. Clearly, he implied that the the leading competitor is China.

International economic competition is inevitable.

The danger is that Biden combines it with threats of military responses.

Biden has said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States will maintain a strong military presence in the Indo—Pacific “just as we do for NATO in Europe – not to start conflict – but to prevent one.”

I have pointed out before that China with over 2 million members in its military has a few military bases outside of its own borders. The United States has 800.

Maintaining a “strong military” does not prevent wars. If it did our cemeteries wouldn’t be filled with decades of the war dead.

It has been a long string of U.S. wars and U.S. military defeats.

The latest in Afghanistan, which even Biden called the “forever war” while saying he would end it after two decades.

“There is simply no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing,” he said last night.

So?

Build them in Pittsburgh.

China isn’t stopping us.

Ironically, GE Energy is one of the United State’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines and one of the world’s leading suppliers. They produce the turbines in Germany, Spain, Canada, the United States.

And China.

2 thoughts on “Joe Biden’s speech. What does providing affordable health care have to do with wind turbines in China?

  1. I didn’t pick up on and disagree withyour negative criticism about his frequent references to China. He was making a comparison as an indication that the USA needs to step-up the pace. I thought it was a really good speech filled with appropriate statistics and plans. Today’s stats indicate 85% approval.

  2. Many Corporations and producers of products rely on Chinese factories (cheap labor) to manufacture millions of low cost production items for US consumption. Some 70 to 90 percent of items in US households are “made in China”. Cheap labor, no benefit packages, and governmental tax incentives encourage entrepreneurs and corporations to continue to seek production contracts with China. This is nothing new, it’s called capitalism.

    Think of how many jobs could be created here at home if we just redirected 50% of of that manufacturing to benefit Americans. This would not only improve the economic divide, but provide in house opportunities for healthcare and wellness for those who have been without for so long. Biden was saying in part that Americans need to keep pace with the educational advances of China and other countries. To that end he suggested 4 more years of education added to the mandatory 12 years currently in part to keep up with global technology advancements. He also mentioned China because their increased military might is a threat to us. And their resources and growing economy is a direct result of our monetary investments.

    Universal healthcare would be great, but knowing America, there would still be many inherent inequalities, red tape and road blocks to gain access and quality care. As an example, the Affordable Care Act was opposed for years by the GOP and barely got signed into law. Sadly my wife and millions of other Americans pay $1,000.00 or more monthly for a access to a “in network, out of network system” and in most cases one needs a car to get to the clinic or hospital. I add this to say there’s no easy solution to the problem. But if more Americans were working, gainfully employed they would have more healthcare options as would all the other family members of the home.

    Regarding those overseas troops, and 800 bases, yes bring them home to help protect those who are persecuted and killed on a daily basis right here on our own soil.

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