Biden Says He Fully Understands China's One-Child Policy

Posted: Aug 22, 2011 12:43 PM

This may be Vice President Joe Biden's worst gaffe to date. The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney pointed this statement out on Twitter -- Biden was giving remarks in China about the relationship between China and the United States. In fact, in the following quote, he's answering a question asked about what the United States is going to do to get its debt under control.  This is part of his answer (emphasis added):

"What we ended up doing is setting up a system whereby we did cut by $1.2 trillion upfront, the deficit over the next 10 years.  And we set up a group of senators that have to come up with another $1.2 to $1.7 trillion in savings or automatically there will be cuts that go into effect in January to get those savings.  So the savings will be accomplished.  But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China.  You have no safety net.  Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I’m not second-guessing -- of one child per family.  The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people.  Not sustainable."

Not quite sure what Biden meant by saying he understands a one-child policy imposed on people living in certain areas by their government. Especially since he goes on to admit it's created an economic problem. It's also forced abortions on many families. And abortions can leave not only the physical consequence of a lost life, but also emotional complications.

Maybe Biden hasn't taken the time to read about people like this man, who faced losing his job and a large enough fine that "his family would be destitute" because he and his wife were breaking the one-child policy.

Balancing your economy on the backs of a government-knows-best intrusion into your family is unsustainable. As the famous quote goes, "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

And Biden doesn't 'second-guess' the policy?