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China passes U.S. in car consumption

July 9, 2009 - Paul Giannamore

It's finally happened. It's official.

Projections are out that China will buy and sell more automobiles domestically than the market for new cars in the United States in 2009.

Which means, I think, that the American Century is over, as are dreams of a second one. We have lost our industrial edge at last in the one final place where we once were the big dogs.

Think about it. No railroads. No electronics. No textiles. We import the transformers for our big powerplants. Not even enough fuel for our own missile defense systems without dependence on China.

And they've surpassed us at automobile consumption.

What's good for GM is good for the country is a sad joke now, a line from a past that used to mean something when GM was king of the road. Now, apparently, bankruptcy must be good for the country, and even better for the Chinese.

Yep. This is a rant, but it's because there OUGHT TO BE a big psychological impact on Americans when news like this surfaces.

We're officially becoming a Banana Republic.

Drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry?

More like drove my FiatChrysler to the levy that burst years ago because we failed to make the investment as a nation to preserve the levy.

And please, no Obama support/bashing. This isn't about that. Doesn't matter if you're a rightie or a leftie. It took decades for BOTH SIDES to pretty much legislate heavy industry out of existence or to bow to the forces of "free" international trade to get us here.

Bury the political thinking for a moment and let the news soak in.

China is tops at car consumption.


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