Tom Purcell

Besides, your economy is poised to overtake ours in size by the early 2020s and possibly sooner, reports the World Bank.

I don't know if you noticed, China, but our people have taken the wealth and good fortune they have inherited for granted. They just assume it will always be there. They don't know the first thing about sustaining it for future generations.

In fact, our country is hellbent on robbing wealth from future generations. We are spending far more than we are taking in and borrowing the rest from you. Sure, it's an unsustainable path, but many Americans are oblivious (we aren't much good at math anymore, but we are No. 1 in self-esteem).

What I'm saying, China, is that you better watch your back. The way things are going, you will soon be No. 1.

While our young people are moaning about their rights and entitlements, your young people will be innovating all the new ideas — and our government will be trying to steal them.

How about we offer you a little deal? You give us $2 trillion to cover our overspending for the next two or three years and we'll give you unfettered access to our intellectual property now.

What do you say, China?


I figured. You sure know how to kick a country when it's on its way down.

Tom Purcell

Tom Purcell, author of "Comical Sense: A Lone Conservative Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" and "Misadventures of a 1970's Childhood," is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist syndicated nationally by Cagle Cartoons. Visit him on the web at