Each year the people of the
United States write a check to subsidize China, one of the most
brutal, anti-American regimes in the world. It has been in vogue
of late for everyone in Washington, it seems, to eagerly denounce
the egregious abuses of the Chinese people at the hands of the
communist dictators. Yet no one in our federal government has
been willing to take China on in any meaningful way.
Very few people realize that
China is one of the biggest beneficiaries of American subsidization.
Thanks to the largess of the Congress and the President, China
enjoys subsidized trade and the flow of US taxpayers cash into
I was pleased to introduce
a piece of legislation several months ago which would have ended
the $4 billion subsidy our nation quietly gives China through
the US government's Export-Import Bank. The bank underwrites the
purchases of goods and services by the Chinese government and
others around the world. Unfortunately, only 37 Republicans and
three Democrats supported my measure. Apparently, the Congress
just wasn't willing to take that big of a step in ending US support
of the Communist reign of terror.
But this past week, Congress
took a few, very small, baby-steps in the direction I have long
Of the numerous measures which
came before the House of Representatives late in the week, perhaps
the best was one discussed and voted upon Thursday night. While
it was not as strong as the measure I introduced, by passing overwhelmingly,
it signals a changing attitude in Congress. Simply, the measure
calls on the United States' representatives on the World Bank
and other international governmental bodies to begin voting against
giving China loans and subsidies. At present, China receives more
than $4 billion from those organizations, which are themselves
financed heavily by the United States.
There is no constitutional
authority for the United States to make loans to any country,
and certainly no basis for giving away the hard-earned cash of
Americans to communist leaders who brutalize their women and children
with forced abortions, and persecute Christians for their faith.
In reality, there is very
little the federal government can do about the conditions in China.
Under our Constitution, the federal government simply does not
have the authority to go in and point a gun at the Chinese leaders,
and force them to respect the principles of liberty. It just doesn't
work that way. I tend to believe that by Americans engaging the
Chinese people, opening personal dialogues, and by seeking to
change the hearts of the people of China, we will soon see that
regime collapse. The laws of economics dictates that a communist
system cannot stand for long. But in the same way, I firmly believe,
there is a higher law which dictates that when people are exposed
to the principles of liberty, they will not for long allow themselves
to a shackled to an oppressive government.
So while the Constitution
does not allow the federal government to send America's sons into
battle over the living conditions in China, there is also no constitutional
basis for sending our tax dollars over to support the very dictatorship
we rightly despise.
The measure passed by the
House of Representatives last week is a small step toward denying
the Beijing communists access to the easy money which has propped
up their country for last several decades. It's just a step, but
we had to start somewhere.
And, who knows, maybe next year - when I will again have the opportunity to introduce my amendment to end US subsidy of China - we will see more Members of Congress willing to stop handing the monster of Asia a $4 billion check. Ron Paul represents the 14th District of Texas. His office may be contacted at 203 Cannon, Washington, DC 20515.