A video compilation by personman of Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) obsession with China expressed at recent town halls in the 4th Congressional District:
From the Warrensburg town hall on August 10,2011:
….Representative Hartzler: Shh. All right. China owns twenty-nine percent of our foreign debt. That is a real concern to me. I said I’m on the Armed Services Committee and I’ve got to sit in a lot of hearings and I can tell you, I don’t know what China’s doing, but it’s concerning. They are building fourteen nuclear submarines right now. We’re building one. They have been devoting over twelve percent of their budget to national defense. Uh, they just introduced their version of a stealth aircraft fighter plane recently. And they just unveiled a twelve hundred mile aircraft carrier busting bomb. So, it’s a little concerning that they hold this much of our debt. In fact, with the interest that we pay China we would be able to buy three, or they could buy, three joint strike fighters and still have fifty million dollars left over. So, um, there’s a lot of reasons I think that we need to get out of debt. But certainly this obligation, um, to China is a concerning one….
We can take a look at what China is doing.
From the World Bank:
Military expenditure (% of GDP)
China 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.0
United States 4.0 4.0 4.3 4.7
….Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans’ benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons….
Military Spending Worldwide
….The United States spends $711 billion on military spending each year, representing 48 percent of the total military spending in the world….
….The Middle East and North Africa spend $82 billion on military spending each year. This is 5 percent of the world’s military spending. Australasia and East Asia together spend $120 billion on military expenses. This is 8 percent of total world military spending. China spends 8 percent of the world’s total military spending with $122 billion spent each year. Europe spends a total of $289 billion on military spend annually. Europe’s military spending is 20 percent of the world’s military spending….
I wonder if she’ll describe a bomber gap at the next town hall? Just asking.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg (August 10, 2011)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 1 (August 11, 2011)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 2 (August 12, 2011)
Vicky Hartzler is trying trying to scare you (August 12, 2011)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 3 (August 13, 2011)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 4 (August 14, 2011)