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We’ll all end up with moo goo dog pan?

I’m not sure what U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, was trying to say when he spoke out against passage of the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009.

It’s clear he was against the act — that he felt the U.S. was in no position to be assisting other countries in preserving endangered species, that he thinks we’re falling too deeply in debt to China, and that he think it’s ironic that some of the funds authorized in the act might be used for preservation efforts in China

But I’m baffled by his statement that, by borrowing more money from the Chinese, we’ll “end up with moo goo dog pan or moo goo cat pan.”

The Chinese will take control of us and force us to eat dogs and cats, prepared in the style of their cuisine? Give it a listen and, if you figure it out, let me know.

Despite Gohmert’s objections, the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009, which authorized $50 million to help save snow leopards, wild African dogs and other endangered species, passed the House.

Comments

Comment from bluhawkk
Time May 20, 2009 at 7:51 am

I can guess at his moo goo reference, but underlying is concern of our continuing to spend money we-do-not-have. The Chinese have a $1 trillion surplus in foreign exchange reserves while we are drowning in debt.

Asian economies are emerging at a rapid pace and soon will dominate. Many of those economies are growing through use of their natural resources including mining for base and precious metals and logging with destruction of ancient forest, and clear cutting of forests for crops to feed expanding populations. Human encroachment in turn is creating a crisis for wild animal populations including the big cats, elephants, orangutans, etc, ad infinitum.

China has heavily invested in Africa to take advantage of that continents natural resources. Others such as Zimbabwe use the lure of trophy hunting to build their tourism industry.

Are we merely subsidizing the destruction?

Just a few articles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxMLYNmRc_I&feature=channel (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnqMgNkwxr4 (video)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061222-tiger-farms.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/19/MN59172M4B.DTL&feed=rss.news

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2009/05/20/2003444028

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/05/01/elephants-devastate-oil-palm-plantations.html

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/04/25/squatters-be-evicted-tnwk.html

http://www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=3541

http://www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSLQ528841

http://www.namibian.com.na/news/full-story/archive/2009/april/article/three-trophy-rhinos-to-die-for-n47-m/

http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=3905

We don’t hold the moral high ground in that this country was developed through the destruction and clear-cutting of much of its ancient forests.

Comment from Bart Jenkins
Time May 21, 2009 at 9:52 pm

“We don’t hold the moral high ground in that this country was developed through the destruction and clear-cutting of much of its ancient forests.” Yeah that’s really the only standard one can use in judging a country. The forests. Brilliant.

Comment from Gao
Time May 30, 2009 at 12:46 am

He is a fucking dumbass who does not know how to give a good speech without resorting to playground like bashing put downs. And he is in the House? What people in Texas don’t know how to vote?

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