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Friday, January 30, 2009

Global Trash Talk: "Wen and Putin Lecture Western Leaders"

The Financial Times reports that Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, and Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, took time at the World Economic Forum to lecture Western nations. According to the FT, Mr. Putin "mocked" American delegates, and Mr. Wren made "scathing comments" about unnamed countries economic policies.

These comments are, if I may say, so "yesterday." Get with the times, boys.

Voters in the United States have been moving for the last two years away from old thinking and strategies, culminating with the election and inauguration of President Obama. And while our economy shakes-out, our culture has an arsenal of weapons for economic recovery that neither China or Russia can match: We have individual liberty, due process of law, civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, public education for all people. We have a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship. We have Lou Reed.

Maybe Mr. Wen and Mr. Putin haven't heard Lou Reed's song "Foot of Pride." Well, when they are back home with their gangsters, gulags, and prisons, their censorship, their poison milk, poison children's toys, and poison dog food, they can listen to what Mr. Reed says about getting a bit too proud:

"You know what they say about bein' nice to the right people on the way up
sooner or later you gonna meet them comin' down
Oh, there ain't no comin' back when your foot of pride come down
ain't no comin' back"


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