Saturday, September 17, 2011
  If Chinese acted like Cubans...

Bleah. Feeling ill today, subject to random and dubious thoughts. Probably the culmination of last week's harsh and crude mood. Learned over the years that a few days of anger generally presage a few days of illness. Tempting to speculate on this connection, since almost all of my illnesses are caused by revolts among the gut bacteria!

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We know that the simplest governmental solution for America's economic problems is to blockade China entirely. No crap in or out, no jobs in or out, no money in or out. Some treasonous corporation with an American mailing address tries to break the blockade? Close it down and confiscate its assets.

Let this run for a few months, and the loyal American companies (if there are any) will realize they can produce and sell their products at a profit, without being drastically undercut by the Yellow Peril. When the blockade is seen to be permanent, even more companies will decide to make things here.

That's obvious. Said it before.

Today's random gut-o-genic thought: Started to wonder why a blockade is so utterly unthinkable. After all, we've done the exact same thing to Cuba for 50 years.

Well, why did we keep the blockade against Cuba? Because of Cuban-American voters.

Americans of Chinese descent are much more numerous and widespread than Cubans, so in theory they might help to push a blockade against China.

Only in Miami do Cubans form a serious voting bloc. Not even in all of Florida. Chinese are common enough to be politically influential in Calif, Ore and Wash. But they simply don't go into politics. No American of full Chinese descent has been a governor or member of Congress; the closest you can get is half-Chinese Gary Locke.

However, it's not at all clear that they would be against modern China even if they had an interest in the game. Most of the Florida Cubans were specific refugees of the Castro Revolution, while most of the Chinese have been here a lot longer. Only a few escaped in 1949 and 1989. So they could be universally loyal to their homeland regardless of regime, could make things even worse if they got involved in politics!
 


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