Brian and Garrett Fahy

Further illustrating his tireless commitment to (not) addressing the forthcoming financial meltdown, President Obama recently traveled to Myanmar, a country of minimal strategic value to the United States. There to champion the cause of democracy, the president no doubt also received invaluable economic advice from Aung San Suu Kyi. Say what you will about the president, but he certainly knows how to exercise a “mandate” in furtherance of his constitutional responsibilities.

Meanwhile, back in the nation he’s ostensibly leading, Black Friday and Cyber Monday continued our nation’s obsession with purchasing cheap goods made in China (not Myanmar), and our nation’s leaders are no closer to averting the trillion dollar tax hike that will occur if the 2003 tax cuts are not extended. The Titanic speeds towards the iceberg and the captain of our ship of state is literally MIA. We have only ourselves to blame.

In a year when Americans had the chance to elect one of the most qualified prospective presidents in recent memory, we instead chose the guy we knew with no resume, no management skills, and no achievements. President Obama’s successful reelection campaign gave us only the second two-term Democrat since FDR, but without the blue dress and political good sense to moderate.

Yet unaddressed in the campaign (in a meaningful way) and lost in the election news stories is this fact: a weak White House presiding over a weak economy makes for a weak America, which makes for a happy China. The true beneficiary of American weakness is not Russia, or the EU, or Al Qaeda terrorists. It is China. Here’s why.

Without divine intervention, taxes will go up across the board next year, employers will lay off more employees to compensate, and millions more will be added to the unemployment rolls. A weak economy requires more borrowing to pay the nation’s ever-increasing bills (e.g. Obamacare), so the United States will again make the walk of shame to the Chinese ATM after another round of fiscal binging.

Similarly, unless Congress forces the president’s hand, the Keystone pipeline will remain mired in bureaucratic red tape, and the oil development that could fuel tens of thousands of domestic “middle class” jobs will instead be routed to China. Unburdened by the environmental hysteria that impedes our exploitation of our domestic oil resources, the Chinese will gladly partner with Canada and reap the financial windfall. The irony of using North American oil revenues to purchase more American debt is surely not lost on the Chinese.

Brian and Garrett Fahy

Brian and Garrett Fahy are attorneys from Los Angeles who previously worked in the White House and Senate Republican Conference, respectively. They write on national legal and political affairs. They can be reached at