Obama Cabinet Member Sort Of Wishes America Was Like Communist China

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There’s so much more the government could do if only it wasn’t for this stupid democracy stuff.

Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail because of its authoritarian system and because the Chinese don’t have the Republican Party holding up progress.

“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million,” LaHood said in a short interview with The Cable on the sidelines of the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30. “In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.” …

“Two years ago, between 50 to 60 Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives to come to Washington to do nothing, and that’s what they’ve done and they’ve stopped any progress. Those people don’t have any vision about what the government can do. That’s been a real inhibitor in our ability to think outside the box and think big,” he said.

Our government is one of distributed powers. Within the federal government powers are separated into three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial. Nationally power is distributed even further, to the 50 sovereign states, and from their broken down further to local governments. This isn’t the result of circumstance or accident. Our founders, who knew all too well what it was like to be governed by an autonomous tyrant, were opposed to the idea of consolidating too much power with any one individual or committee.

They wanted a government that could act when necessary, but one in which action required plenty of debate and broad consensus. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” reads the Declaration of Independence.

Dictators, monarchs and the powerful committees in authoritarian states like China do not govern with the consent of the people. That’s why these sort of rulers can act quickly and efficiently. The don’t need the consent of the governed. The people and their myriad of opinions can be steamrolled.

I’d rather have a polarized, brawling, slow-moving sort of democracy than the swift, efficient maneuvering of autocrats.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • banjo kid

     Mr. Lay Hood can denounce his citizen ship and go line up with the other people to get into China. he may find himself alone though  . He can also take Obama with him .

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    “Raythe hood” is aptly named.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Channeling his inner bush, no doubt.

    If this was a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier, just as long as I am the dictator.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvUEsm0wNIA

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      A serious comment versus a comment in jest.

      Surely you know the difference, Boob.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        rube, do you even read the stuff you cut and paste?

        “In a country where only three people make the
        decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do
        it. We don’t do it that way in America.”

        LaHood said that despite this, democracy is still preferable. “We have
        the best system of government anywhere on the planet. It is the best.
        Because the people have their say,” he said.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Of course he went on to say (after the wing nut edit of course)

    “We have the best system of government anywhere on the planet. It is the best. Because the people have their say,”

    Nutters crack me up.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You really think that makes up for praising the Chinese autocrats?

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Please link us to where he praised Chinese autocrats.

  • Harold

    Obama and his cohorts all want him to be a dictator rather then an elected president.

    • ellinas1

      Nah! You don’t say.
      You ain’t  shitting me now, are you?
      And you know this, how?

      • alanstorm

         Oh, because of everything they say and do, such as the quote that is subject of the post.  Or do you think that “we can’t draw too much from one report” when the number of reports keep growing?

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Do you think it was extending the bush tax cuts that put the cohorts into that belief?

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Or was it giving up on the public option for health care?

  • Neiman

    To liberals, all liberals, the American progressive brand or the Chinese Communist brand; they believe that liberty is an illusion, something that hinders the select few from creating a utopia for the working man. Problem is, not once has the socialist brand worked, it always creates poverty and despair, even China has a hybrid, they had to mix in some free market capitalism and allow some of that damned liberty crap they all hate, or rot away and die.

    Notice though that Liberals must paint the Republicans as the enemy of the people, to create a true soviet system, you have to have an enemy for everyone to hate to get the people to swallow communism and let go of liberty. They also must get rid of the opiate of the unwashed, ignorant masses, that God crap too.

    This is liberalism folks, make no mistake this is what they believe, a centralized, wholly atheist police State that can free people from all responsibility, to make all people equal as to outcome. Funny though, the socialists at the top always live like royalty, the prosperity and comfort denied the people, the price for a Communist state, never includes the ruling elite.

  • Leh1369

    Kinda like kalifornia, being broke, yet still spending money on the high speed railroad.  They seem to want all the illegals living there, which is part of the “broke” part.  Must be due to all the taxes they pay to ride the fast trains.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama was raised by communists and marxists so why wouldn’t his cabinet members lean that way? What history does he have that would imply otherwise?

    • Awfulorv

      Those of us below the Maso-Dixon line, as Lily St Cyr, the retired burlesque queen would say, would like to see your Gov. Walker, or someone in Wisconsin, perhaps you Mickey, institute a yearly award. These awards, actually a cowboy boot, and named “I’m gonna walk all over you”, of Nancy Sinatra fame, would honor those Americans who have done something outstanding, against the tide, during the past year. He might have his wife give himself the first award, as he certainly deserves it, for the black eye he gave the unions who were, in turn, trying to break his back.   And his acceptance would firmly cement the idea of what the award is all about, in our minds.  It needn’t be restricted to living recipients, a posthumous award to Joe McCarthy would be in order, and would really piss the Liberals off, which would be an added bonus.  To keep the audience entertained, a negative award might also be dispensed during the evening. Last years award, without a doubt, would  go to Captain Bligh of the ill fated, beached, cruise ship, though Senor Holder would be pressing him, if he’s not diverted by the sounds of cell doors closing, that is.  See how much fun this could be?   

  • sbark

    so the same 3 people theses dem’cats would love so much……….would also make the decisions of ObamaCare death panels?……….completly objectively I’m sure

    …….maybe thats why the Dem’cats think the POTUS job “is just too much for 1 man”……because that 1 man, they want as a King figure……takes on way more than what our rule of Law says he should be doing………

    Obama…….just go play golf……..we’ll all be better off

  • mikemc1970

    While LaHood prefers the Chinese style of autocracy, Obama prefers a more soviet style. Marxist nostalgia I guess.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Exactly, Mr. 1970.

      You can tell Ray “prefers the Chinese style of autocracy” because he said: “We have the best system of government anywhere on the planet. It is the best. Because the people have their say.”

      Nutters, they crack me up!

      • 2hotel9

         And yet, boob, you can not prove that Ray Da Hood did not praise the Chinese governmental system, because he has, repeatedly. He has called for Dept Trans to be allowed to circumvent Congress on multiple occasions, and has been criticized by Democrat members of Congress for it.

        Go ahead, boob, prove he has not done these things. Go for it. Post another cut&paste of Ray Da Hood walking back his praise for China and its ability to ramrod through things the people of China don’t want.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          I don’t know about your charges. I’ll look into them.

          This is a 7 term gop who ran part of the Clinton impeachment, so anything is possible.

          • 2hotel9

             So, whinny lying c*nt, you admit you can not prove any of the lies and sh*t spew you post, yet again. What a typical racist Democrat Party c*nt you continue to be.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XTALE64QYZ2MALXDZ275TRRMGU bernie

    Whatever you read, you know WHAT and HOW he thinks ! Call it a Freudian slip but it needs NO alcohol to  know his real (in his heart of hearts) feelings. That constitution is such a PESKY thing. . . . . . I’ve even heard some people say they’d defend it to their own death. . . . Patriotism is a funny thing ! . . . . Ray Lahood . . . . oh, I was talking of our current President !

  • 2hotel9

    Ray Da Hood has tried to circumvent Congress several times, and is a very loud critic of restrictions on governmental agencies, such as Dept Trans, Dept Interior, EPA and HUD, which are integral to America’s governing structures. Many in Federal and state agencies want to remove those controls, Ray Da Hood is just loud and public about it.

  • jackstan84

    I think what he got to is why government are so often inefficient. Whenever bills get passed now they are usually so long and filled with earmarks they are not efficient in their purpose. Of course the alternative of having a more authoritarian state has all kinds of problems. I think a big part of our problem in democracy now is that politics have become so polarized, most politicians are not working for America, they are working for their party and getting re-elected. I think our government in Washington could use a lot more reasonable people and much less ideologues.

    George Washington’s Farewell Address about the baneful affects of the spirit of party are ringing true today.

  • 2hotel9

     “I think our government in Washington could use a lot more reasonable people and much less ideologues”

    Really, danee? Then why do you racist Democrat Party c*nts keep voting for racist Democrat Party c*nts?

    • Guest

      troll much?

      • 2hotel9

         Poor little danee, just another racist Democrat Party c*nt voting for racist Democrat Party c*nts, and crying. Crying is all you ever do, danee.

        • Guest

          troll much?

          • 2hotel9

            Poor little danee, all you can do is cry, and spew your racist Democrat Party sh*t. Go ahead, racist Democrat Party c*nt. Spew more of your racist, anti-American sh*t, it is all you have.

  • Awfulorv

    Why have the Russians, lately, been handing out medals, posthumously, to Americans who were called Communist sympathizers in the days of Sen. McCarthy?  That patriot was unsoundly vilified, and driven out of office by the MSM, Liberals, and fellow travelers, for his attempted expose of the Commies in our government, particularly the State Department.   Now the Russkies, are honoring, with medals no less, those bastards who, if they’d had their way, would already have installed a Soviet style system, complete with Gulags, in this country. Has it been decided, by this evil empire, that we, and particularly our President, have become just too stupid, to feckless, for them to even concern themselves with?   There is not a recent movie made in Hollywood or, to save money, Budapest, Ireland, or India, which does not insinuate, parrot, or shout, of the glories of Communism, despite the clearly abject, and deadly, record of that sordid, unworkable, bully boy ism. Even our richest citizens lean towards giving this discredited pile of excrement another chance. “This time it will work, if we’re in charge”, say Soros and his ilk. The writers of our constitution clearly saw, and delineated, the dangers we’d face down the pike. We, dear friends, have, seriously, let them, and our descendants down. To think that we would even allow Sonja, and Elena, to stroll, hand in hand, past the Supreme Court, much less sit on it, in lieu of a Robert Bork, speaks volumes of our faint hearted, let’s not ask them what they’re up to, rot. We’d better jack ourselves up, and start acting as our forefathers expected us to, or you, and I, will find our names, sorrowfully, inscribed among those who caused this greatest experiment in self governance, ever conceived. to disappear from the earth. 

  • Awfulorv

    On the other hand, those barbed wire resorts may be the only way we’ll ever corral the out of control obesity rampant in the country. So there’s that.

    • Bat One

      Most of society’s problems, including obesity, would be pretty much solved if only we would rid ourselves of the notion that we are all collectively responsible for the consequences of others’ poor decisions.  If you’ve got an obesity problem, then YOU have the obesity problem… not the rest of us.  Once the consequences for bad personal decisions are back where they belong, with the individual, the incentive for making good decisions increases dramatically.

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