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23rd February
written by Sean Noble

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is returning from a four-nation tour of Asia, her last stop being China where she “plead” for the Chinese to continue to buy up U.S. debt. This reminded me of a great line from the Presidential primary season when a Democrat Congress and President Bush enacted a rebate program to taxpayers in an attempt to boost the economy.  Mike Huckabee said, “We’re going to borrow money from China to give to taxpayers to ask them to buy something from China.”  Classic.

An interesting twist on the trip was that Clinton avoided dealing with human rights concerns saying that they shouldn’t “distract” from economic and environmental concerns.  This is a lesson in the difference between campaigning and governing, and she is already upsetting portions of her core constituency, like Amnesty International. 

This is an interesting article tracking what Clinton has said in the past about China’s human rights record.

Welcome to the real world.

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  1. 23/02/2009

    Isn’t interesting how Keryy, Mitchell literally wander around the MIddle Est, Ms. Hillary is praying for DIm Sum Game bail out–I am starting to think that this crew is just not that bright!

  2. 24/02/2009

    Its hard to tell your banker how to run their company, isn’t it? Its the same reason we said very little during the olympics, and if America is smart, they will walk the fine line with China. Clinton has no choice for the sake of our country. She is now a diplomat, not a grandstanding politician. Challenging China on human rights is like telling off your parents right before you ask them for a $20 spot. China has way too much leverage over America. If you think our economy is bad now, wait till China decides our T-bills are a poor investment.

    Before you start talking about how the 1 trillion stimulus is also being funded by China, ask yourself where the other 9 trillion of debt came from. Lets not play politics and twist Clinton’s obligation to America, with her own personal opinions.

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