2009-10-02 / Letters

Wu vs. Weiner

Dear Editor,

Here in Rockaway isn't it shocking that Congressman Anthony Weiner proselytizes for an old-style Chinese solution to American health care, and then is perplexed and confused when people across the nation take to the streets?

Meanwhile, in China Wu Jinglian has just been accused to be a traitor and spy, as reported on the front page of Saturday's NY Times, for his barbed criticism of current Chinese leadership. Mr. Wu attacks a Beijing government prone to "meddling" in the marketplace; a widening income gap; inefficient monopolies; and crony capitalism. Wu was the leading economic adviser to the Chinese governments of the 80's and 90's. Likewise, in Malaysia, the totalitarians accused their free market guy (Anwar Ibrahim) of homosexuality and so he was given 10 years of hard labor.

As Congressman Weiner beams on cable TV for 'the public option', imposing government funding upon 17% of the nation's GDP, free thinkers across the world continue to be imprisoned and tortured for espousing the radical concept of free markets, free speech and free elections. I have no idea of Mr. Weiner's education, but he must be completely ignorant of the nation's history...America's ascendancy thru profits and prosperity; America's exceptionalism; America's great land of liberty as a magnet for the world's

Letters downtrodden and abused. What nation can boast a Yassky, a DiBlasio and a Liu vying for City Comptroller? Did their families endure great hardships to immigrate here for a government job? Or, did their families seek escape from governmental totalitarianism? Here, 200 hundred years ago, Jefferson and Jackson and Hamilton did not seek simple central-planning solutions, but placed their faith in people and citizens bestowed with liberty. Congressman Weiner decries free markets, profits, sales, marketing and high salaries. Where, I wonder, does the Congressman believe the astounding medical developments since WWI come from: Chairman Mao, Brit-Care, The National Institute of Health? Can I remind the Congressman they came from the allure for profits.

In the banking industry - likewise with it's serious problems - will the good Congressman soon propose another simple solution ...a single lender solution?

Returning to present-day China Wu says," conservatives and "old-style Maoists" have been gaining influence in the government since 2004. They are pressing for a return to central planning and placing blame for corruption and social inequality on free markets...the very market reforms that transformed China."

"At the same time," Mr. Wu says, "corrupt bureaucrats are pushing for the state to take a larger economic role so they can cash in on their positions through payoffs and bribes, as well as by steering business to allies."

Dangerous & foreboding for them and us, no?...PJS.


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