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.
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.