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Ross: Keeping up with the Communists

Capitol Police officers ride on motorcycles near the U.S. Capitol on June 1, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

There it was on C-SPAN for all to see:

“We thank everybody for participating … to our nation’s competitiveness,” said Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, thanking Republicans for helping pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which will spend billions ramping up science and technology spending in the United States.

“I appreciate Senator Cantwell’s admirable job of managing this bill through the committee,” said Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, thanking Sen. Cantwell, and urging Republicans to vote yes.

And enough of them did vote yes to pass the bill by a filibuster-proof vote of 68-32.

Why was this bill so popular? Because it’s intended to make sure that China doesn’t beat us in technology. China runs circles around us when it comes to making high-tech stuff. Both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate see that as a problem. Even Mitch McConnell voted for this bill – all 2,400 pages of it.

Because the Communists cannot be allowed to humiliate capitalism.

Well then, if the China threat forced them to find common ground on a technology bill, how can they not agree on the infrastructure bill? Have you seen China’s freeways?

Google it sometime.

“In 1988, China had no motorways at all. And now, 30 years later, it has more than 84,000 miles of them. That’s more than any other country in the world.” — As heard on a documentary.

That was three years ago. If you’ve been to China, you know that China’s freeways make I-5 look like a cow path. And their public transportation system?

“Guangzhou is the capital of China’s powerhouse manufacturing province Gwangdong. In the past, it would take 22 hours to get to Guiyang by train. Now the journey time is just four and a half hours thanks to a new high speed line connecting the two cities.”

And to compete with that, we have Amtrak.

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