Governor Schweitzer Heads to China

by jhwygirl

Oh, the places I could go with that….

The Missoulian has an Associated Press story reporting that Governor Brian Schweitzer is heading to China to tout Montana wheat, beer, tourism and coal.

That’s a good thing, and hopefully the Governor does well. Montana has its own special draw, and hopefully he’s taking a bunch of old cowboy boots and hats with him to hand out. They’ll love that stuff.

Let’s hope he leaves the bolo tie at home, though.

It’d be nice if Brian pushed on China for real investing here in Montana – something more than just building a railroad that required condemnation of private lands so that they can get their coal. Thing is – if Montana is going to strip mine the Tongue River Valley for China’s benefit, they should be giving us something more than a handful of jobs.

Butte has silicone recycling that has been doing quite well. That should pair up well with China’s forward thinking and growing solar cell industry. There’s just one example of investment potential for China.

MonTech, MSU and UM could probably benefit immensely with partnerships with China…as would Chinese universities. Let’s hope he goes there, too.

Last year, China bumped from ranking #5 in the world’s economy, to #2. That’s crazy growth, but I als think that it is a whole bunch of smoke-and-mirrors given the overall lack of quality in their infrastructure along with the manipulation of their currency and heavy subsidy of basic industries. Regardless, that kind of lead should not be ignored.

Nor should their their serious and thorough disregard for human rights.

I have a love-hate thing with China. Its culture is beautiful. They suck on human rights. Absolutely SUCK on human rights. They are growing and have the growth potential to blow the whole world out of the water. All of those are things that should not be ignored.

If Montana can have a role that is more than just immediately colonizing ourself for China’s eventual world take-over, then I’m all for it.

Good Luck Governor Brian. Please don’t take Jag with you.


  1. ladybug

    The next great coal lobbyist in training.

  2. JC

    Lobbyist? Eh. I think he’s looking for an ambassadorship in Obama’s second term. Probably somewhere in the middle east like Saudi Arabia, where he lived for seven years doing ag projects.

  3. ladybug

    Same, same, but different.




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