reply to post by haidian
I admit I was fishing for who you are and what your motives are for being a Chinese Propagandist. Who you are might explain why you are unwilling to
discuss the problems in China caused by lack of freedom and your oppressive government. We are more than happy to air our grievances about our bad
apples. We can vote them out of office. You can not. It is different. China could be as developed as we are had you just risen up and taken back your
country from your dictatorial rulers.
I'm right about the Street People. I know I was once one of them for a time. Most are drug addicts and alcoholics, some sadly are just mentally ill.
I was a drug addict. I even became a licensed counselor for a while and worked for a rescue mission trying to help people who fell into that trap. The
sexual predators are forced to live that way because our laws won't allow them to live near schools or children. I recently watched a report about
Florida that featured the growing number of them living under bridges in the Miami area.
Lets take a look at the price your citizens have paid in addition to not having basic human rights. China is a far older country and should be way
ahead of us. The United States is very young.
According to the International Monetary Funds figures for 2007:
China's GDP was $3,250,827,000,000.00.
US GDP was $13,843,825,000,000.00
Populations at the end of 2007 were:
GDP per population:
There is no way, with these numbers, a huge portion of the Chinese population is not near starvation and living in squalor. It is just not possible.
The question is why is such an old country so far behind the Free Western World? The key word here is FREE.
Humans when left to their own devices in a free society flourish. Under a Dictatorial Government without basic freedoms they fail to flourish. Under a
Free Society a Middle Class is developed and opportunity abounds. Under a society that is not free, only the elite have wealth, there is no middle
class and the best example of that in history IS China.
We have problems, but they only affect a small part of our population. If you are basing your beliefs on ATS you should not.
Medical Care -
Any person here can walk into any hospital that receives Federal Funding and get emergency care immediately. They can also get general health care if
they qualify. Only those who can afford to pay themselves can not qualify. If a person truly can not afford to pay, there are programs that pay for
them. Many Americans lie about this and I don't know why. Perhaps they don't want to admit to poverty out of pride or they don't want to admit they
dropped out of school or got into drugs or drinking. Who knows.
At a GDP per capita of $2,452.00, China can not possibly have adequate medical care for most Chinese Citizens. It is not possible. Is that one of the
things being hidden from tourists and reporters? China would have to spend every penny it has on medical care to match what we have here in our little
300 year old country.
We as Americans love to whine and to complain about our politics. Most of the conspiracy nonsense here on ATS is as overblown as it sounds. None of us
here are being monitored and no government agent is going to knock on or down our door because of our discussions here. That is paranoid nonsense.
Anyone who gets there door kicked in is to protect others from them or stop them from committing a crime.
Another reason our system works is we are a Nation of Justice and we have an, albeit not perfect, great system of justice. We are innocent until
PROVED Guilty and we must be convicted by our Peers before we can be imprisoned. We would rather have guilty person go free than imprison a innocent
man. It's not perfect and it does not always work, but it is far better than the Communist world has ever seen.
Our government could never get away with throwing people out of their family homes, taking water from people who are already thirsty or hiding things
they don't want seen just for the Olympics. WE THE PEOPLE will not allow it.
What you, the Chinese have yet to figure out is your Government and Military are weak compared to the power of your citizens joined together. They
would fold in a day were your entire population to stand up to them. Eventually you will as education is the quickest way to end an oppressive
government. Eventually your people with get tired of living in starvation and poverty while you watch a select few enjoy a good life. You may not be
of the ruling class but you are one of the select few. Tickets from China to the US are not cheap. You are obviously very wealthy by Chinese
standards. You must be in the top couple of percent.