Tim Pawlenty is currently considered the most boring candidate in the race for who will face Obama in next year’s United States presidential election. He’s also been described as a moderate. That’s definitely not true – and If his comments about China are any indication, he’s just as inane as the best of the contenders.
Basically: he wants the US economy to grow 5% per year over the next ten years, a call that’s been criticized by folks in the real world as “unrealistic.” But in American politics, facts don’t really matter, it’s how hard you believe that counts (there’s a Christmas movie to be made out of this):
If China can have 5 percent growth and Brazil can have 5 percent growth, then the United States of America can have 5 percent growth.
Andrew Leonard points out at Salon.com that part of the reason why China’s GDP has grown 10% a year for the last 20 years is because it used to be poor. By contrast, since World War II the US has grown on average 3.1% per year. But that’s only because its been one of the richest, most technologically advanced countries in the world for the better part of the last century.
Also, China’s been doing things like building infrastructure that the US avoids as long as it can. You’d think T-Paw of all people would know how important infrastructure is.
So how does T-Paw plan to have 5% growth, something the US has never had before? Secret T-Paw powers? Magic? Challenge China to a staring contest?
Also, here’s a bit of trivia for you: When the 35W Bridge collapsed on Pawlenty’s watch and killed 12 people, his Lieutenant Governor, Carol Molnau was also the head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of fixing bridges. It took her a week and a half to get back to Minnesota to inspect the damage. Why? She was on a trip to China.
By Robert O’Connor