64 Million Vacant Homes, Mobile Execution Vans, State Controlled Companies = "Significant Progress"?
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made a joint appearance …err, no…..each sent “congratulatory” letters presented to attendees of a seminar at the Chinese General Consulate in Houston. The May 29th event marked the 100th anniversary of China’s 1911 Revolution. Too bad the Congresswoman overlooked some facts about the ghost cities, mobile execution vans, and the state controlled companies on the Shanghai Stock Exchange when she commended China’s “progress”.
From the People’s Daily Online:
“I recognized the significant progress in China over the past 100 years” Sheila Jackson Lee said in her congratulatory certificate to the seminar.
From the Business Insider article “18 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind”:
China has 64 million vacant homes, including entire cities that are empty (Source: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world combined, and uses mobile execution vans for efficiency (Source: The Guardian, USA Today)
When you buy Chinese stocks, you are basically financing he Chinese government; Eight of Shanghai’s top ten stocks are government owned (Source: Wikipedia, etc)
Yep, that’s Sheila Jackson Lee’s idea of progress.
But then again, strong analytical skills & facts were never really important to her anyway.
National Review: Sheila Jackson Lee made news …when she asked… if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that Neil Armstrong had left behind