Aug 24, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
This is I think a litmus test for liberals. I'm sure there are plenty of people who agree with Biden looking in from the outside ignoring the barbarism and the extreme policy that has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of baby girls and the starvation of families and even jail when they defied the policy. But these are the same people who believe that resources can only be redistributed despite the massive growth in food production as a result of assignment of property rights to farmers - ie markets.
Taking questions at Sichuan University in Chengdu,about rising red ink in the U.S., the vice president said that China also faces a demographically induced crisis. The decades-old one-child policy in China has resulted in too few workers for the aging population, but unlike the U.S., China’s problem isn’t with the younger generation facing rising debt or rising taxes but an older generation with not enough young workers to care for it. So far so good, but then Mr. Biden, a pro-choice Catholic, had to weigh in on the wisdom of the one-child policy.
“You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family,” Mr. Biden said. “The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pounced.
“China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric,” he said in a statement. “Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Instead of condoning the policy, Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.”