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Ad: China's going to take us over (Updated)

By Emi Kolawole and Felicia Sonmez

Update 10/23 5:25 p.m.: Asked about the Citizens Against Government Waste ad -- as well as the recent spate of other China-themed campaign ads -- Wang Baodong, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said that it's "unreasonable" to blame America's economic woes on China and "despicable" to incite anti-China sentiment.

"The elections are an internal matter of the U.S, and China never wants to be dragged in," Wang said. "But the undeniable fact is that growing China-U.S. trade relations bring about enormous benefit for both Chinese and American people, and it's unreasonable to blame China for America's own economic problems, and it's even despicable to fan up anti-China sensations, which runs counter to common inspirations of our two peoples."

Meanwhile, Citizens Against Government Waste has asked YouTube to take down the Campus Progress video, citing copyright laws. Campus Progress has re-posted its parody on Vimeo:

Chinese Professor from Campus Progress Action on Vimeo.

Update 10/22 6:39 a.m.: Campus Progress has pushed out video of the Citizens Against Government Waste ad, but with different subtitles. A cheap and effective way of pivoting the ad to favor the left:

A new ad from the conservative group Citizens Against Government Waste takes a not-so-subtle approach to America's growing debt obligation to China.

The ad called "Chinese Professor," is set in "Beijing, China 2030 AD." It shows a lecture hall with a professor speaking in Chinese. The students carry futuristic tablets that make the iPad look clunky. The ad contains subtitles and starts with the professor asking, in Chinese, "Why do great nations fail? The Ancient Greeks...the Roman Empire...the British Empire...and the United States of America." Students gaze up at a holographic screen that shows images of the four superpowers. "They all make the same mistakes, turning their back on the principles that made them great," continues the professor. He goes on to say that America tried to "tax and spend" its way out of a recession, including a health-care overhaul -- all of which led to massive debt. "Of course, we owned most of their debt," he says with a laugh, "so now they work for us." Cue audience laughter.

The ad is likely to become quite a talker in circles on the left and the right.

(h/t Ben Smith)

By Emi Kolawole  | October 23, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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Each version of this ad is offensive. Each has some truth.

However, China just passed Japan in total GDP. They will pass the US in 17 short years....when today's kinders reach the job market.

China will go on to double us by mid-century - if not sooner.

China has hundreds of millions of poor people. But it has brought more people into its middle class (in one generation) than we have in total population.

Their government is not in debt. The private savings rate of their people exceeds our own many times over.

To say they are dependent on us offers no solace. Their dependence is based on surplus. Our dependence on them is based on debt.

We are already insolvent - as a government and as a people.

A course correction is necessary.

Our public debt is unsustainable. It is time for a non-violent revolution.

You can mock the Tea Party all you want. But on the budget deficit they are right on.

In 1992, a similar political avalanche put Ross Perot on the ballot in all 50 states - for very similar reasons.

In an October debate that year, the three candidates were asked how long it would take to eliminate the deficit.

Bill Clinton said "ten years" - two more than he could possibly serve, if elected.

George Bush (41) said "seven years" - three more than he could serve, if re-elected.

Ross Perot said "five years" and "let me tell you how".

Perot did not win. But his nearly unprecedented success as a third party candidate scared both parties so badly that they took up his "how": spending cuts and tax increases.

So how long did it take to balance the budget?

Five years.

How long would it take now?


That's because we have even more private debt and even less industrial jobs.

Blame a lot of that on George Bush (43). He deserves it. But Obama has done him one (trillion) better.

And most of the blame goes not to our Presidents, but to ourselves....and our stupid Congress.

We demand more government than we can pay and/or are willing to pay. The enemy is not the Chinese. As Pogo would tell you, we have met the enemy and it

We need another, better version of Ross Perot....because neither party GETS IT still.

With - or without - a change in our course, the Chinese will rule the roost in 20 or 30 years. The numbers are in their favor, no matter what we do.

We will enjoy the Chinese Century a lot more if we change now.

Posted by: JimHale1 | October 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

When we allowed George W. Bush and his repub pals to sell our nation out to China by borrowing massive amounts of money from them to pay for our wars, etc...(we borrowed more from Japan than China actually-but that's not a compliment either!)...well what do we expect? Learn how to speak Chinese folks---when the loans are called in, we'll become China West.

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | October 25, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

China is at fault. They were admitted to the WTO and were suppose to comply with the regulations within two years...its been 10 years. They still subsidize their industries with free raw materials and reduced energy cost. They also peg the Yen to the USD. It is suppose to float. Thank the Chinese and The previous administration for letting them get away with it. Ask Why// tooling left this country in droves to drive up short term profits. Shameful. This can easily be proved. As a corp insider I saw it happening.

Posted by: Americacares | October 25, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

We have done little as a country to prepare for the future global economy. While poverty is decreasing in many areas of the third world, it is increasing in our own country. We have become accustomed to a way of life that our future paychecks won't support. Our government has sat idly by while multinationals, especially in the technology industry, have outsourced government subsidized jobs while ridiculing our education system for not producing enough computer engineers to satisfy their needs (they are correct, we are not producing nearly as many $20,000 a year computer engineers as India). All the while, my neighbor, who spent 2007 in Bhopal training a team of engineers that, much to his chagrin would replace his team (the replacement works for 1/4 of what he was paid) has the network at the neighborhood Blockbuster working like a charm. The bottom line is simple. We don't need 20 different pairs of cheap shoes, or 20 different t shirts, or 5 tvs. I have always been jealous of my Swedish friends and I think I see why they are so happy. They have a couple of pairs of pants, a couple of shirts and a sweater or two, a really utilitarian pair of shoes and a suit in case they need it.

Posted by: occumsharpe | October 24, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that our government no longer exists. The government in DC is run by the Rothschild Mafia who owns the Federal Reserve.

They have sold us out through trade agreements, wars, robbing our treasury, etc.

It is all over and soon the foot of Fascism will stomp it's boot in the face of all Americans and Europeans. The elite have escaped Europe, Israel and the USA for the safety of private islands and China. The "government" will be living in the underground cities they have built all around the nation and the world for their own personal safety as they let loose the WMD's they have developed to use on their own nations. China wants the USA to grow food for their people. They do not want the population that comes with it so soon they plan to take care of that problem very quickly leaving the infrastructure intact for the new inhabitants and its owners.

Ignorant Americans have allowed criminals (Rothschild Mafia) to take over their government. November 22, 1963 was the beginning of the total takeover of the US government.

It is all over and too late to stop them now. They murdered Kennedy, attacked us on 9-11, attacked the USS Liberty and many embassies. They always got away with it and now people are waking up so they are going to end it now while they have the chance to do it.

Posted by: lickdacat4u | October 23, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan must be hated by some of the conservatives who put him in office. He taxed and spent us out of a recession in typical Keynesian style. Imagine that! Next thing you know, the folks that run these ads will be exhuming Reagan's body and hoisting it an a petard because he was a tax and spend liberal.

Posted by: sambrown9 | October 23, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I find this video incredibly offensive.
As a Asian-American, I’m absolutely furious at the context of this advertisement.
This ad completely villifies the Chinese. I’m not so much enraged by the message then the theatrics of it all—because it really goes to show how people view the Chinese.
Menacing cackle, dark garb, Mao Ze Dong in the background—playing off the Hollywood stereotype of the evil villian convention.
Yes they hold a unpredecented amount of our debt, and yes our economy is slowly becoming more dependent on theirs….but the sheer portrayal of China in this video is absolutely ridiculous. If anything the villians should be the people who got us into this fiscal mess in the first place, not the Chinese. Just because people are ideologically different from you, does not mean they are evil. If anything, with the expection with their lack of representatives, freedom of the press, religion, and speech, we should be praising them for their increasingly capitalistic economy. It’s a start isn’t it? After all, isn’t capitalism in line with American ideals?
And honestly, let’s say China does become a completely democratic country. Counstitution for the people. Freedom of expression. I seriously doubt American perspective on the Chinese will change. “Communists” is just an excuse. It’s a empty word thrown out there because it denotes negativity. A mechanism of fear used by propoganda machines.
Not every country can afford to become democratic in less than a century. And not every country can afford revolutions. Look at what the French Revolution did.
I’m not saying China is in right in terms of their policies toward human rights. But this is completely economically based.
And I’m tired of pundits always using the phrase “communist chinese.” They’re not the Cold War oppressive communist country they were in the 50s. So stop using the term communism as if they were completely tyrannical.
The world does not operate in black and white. Lesson learned in elementary school and a lesson clearly not learned by the narrowminded dimwits responsible for this video.
It just brings back all of the injustices faced not only by the Chinese but by Asian-Americans throughout American history. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1885. The Japanese internment camps. The moment Americans feel threatened by Asians, they deem them evil. Ship them off, throw them into jail. Deny them the benefits other minority groups in America get.
This is absolutely outrageous.

Posted by: americanstudent1 | October 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Quit buying their crap. Look for American made products. There are still a few. Make the effort and live without if needed. The Chinese are buying are debt as we speak.
Donald Trump suggested a 25 percent excise tax to help eliminate our debt Great idea. They are laughing at how dumb we are.
Well our family can live without their crap. Buy homegrown catfish even if you pay more. Think about what they fed that catfish from China or Vietnam. Find out where your vitamins come from and if the company will not tell you, tell them you no longer will buy their product. Find out if you are feeding your poor pet products from China. Call the company. They almost killed my dog once before with melamine. Heck, they poisoned and killed their own infants with tainted formula. Check out your kids toys and the chemicals on them. Remember kids put things in their mouths.
If you love your loved ones, take the time to find out. If you love your country, press companies to keep and buy here. Pay a little more and feel more secure. I am not a member of some radical group. I am a concerned grandmother who loves her family enough to do the research as to what we put in our mouths and on our bodies. You might be surprised. I was.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

There are many misunderstandings over the debt

The American debt is different from other countries debts, because it is in her own currency. The US can at any time pay off her creditors by printing more money. There is no real difference between government debt papers and money, since all money is essentially a government debt.

The US has been overspending since WW2 by attracting money abroad. This will only gradually decline.

The wars on Iraq and Afghanistan were themselves a trillion stimulus package for the economy. Without it the US would have gone in recession then. Postponing the recession made it much worse.

China only own a small part of the US debt, and it does not give them any controlling power. The only power they have is their willingness to go on lending. By the way the Japanese government debt equals the one of the US.

The government debt is only a small part (10-15%?) of the total debt, which is for the largest part consumer credit. The debt could never be repaid by less spending, because then the production and incomes would collapse too, making it impossible to repay. Criticizing is easy, but there is no real alternative than to get the economy going again.

It was Reagan who created the huge debt. When people asked him questions about it, he said: "It is now so big, it can take care of itself". And that is true, for the lenders to the US have become even more dependent on US than the other way round. It the US fails, the world is bankrupt.

Posted by: magalaan | October 22, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new. That´s a known fact for many years already: The US is on the decline. They never learnt from history, neither from the ancient (Rom) nor from the new (Vietnam). Instead of changing their behaviour they even try to convince more efficient countries to follow their wrong way of economics. It´s a shame!

Posted by: pafran | October 22, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It is funny. the professor speaks poor Chinese with strong San Francisco Chinatown accent.
What a shame.. Couldn’t they find a better actor? There are half milion Chinese in US can/will do a better job.

I think the better idea would be hanging a roasted Beijing Duck on the Capital Hill.

Posted by: tim_pa | October 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

The unintended irony here is that if China ever took over the United States, it would be a direct result of the Roberts Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which re-establishes the divine right of kings, who are now corporations (a corp is a person, right). Now that checks and balances have been abolished and rule of law turned into rule of the highest bidder, and China is the only power with enough monetary clout to buy us, we can begin learning how to say xiexie.

Posted by: ancientwisdom | October 22, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

It is funny the conservatives would post something like this considering they are the ones dismantling the country and moving it to China piece by piece.


Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | October 21, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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