We hear all the time about how we have made bad trade deals with foreign nations and "China is cleaning our clocks" and taking advantage of us, and other xenophobic nonsense.
Well, I know nothing about China, I have never been to China, and the only trade deal I have ever worked out with a Chinese person involved getting free egg rolls for spending more than twenty dollars at China Taste.
But I do read that times are tough over there; construction business is down by two-thirds since a decade ago, when it peaked. I also see that real estate construction - new houses and commercial buildings - is a very high percentage of the Chinese economy, and those who know such things say that's a bad sign, because when jobs are lost, people aren't buying new houses or erecting workplaces.
So things are tough all over there too, which means everyone can relax.
And here's another sign that China is just like us:
Two companies were vying for business to build a building and it looks like the main thing that was building was tension. So a few workers got into a Demolition Derby with bulldozers and Bobcats and front-end loaders right our there on a public street! And when the dust settled, not to mention the workers, two bulldozers lay flipped over.
They were slamming into each other at maximum bulldozer speed (not much) and using the fronts of their behemoth machines to topple the competition.
Xu Feng, a local government spokesman in Hebei province's Xingtang county, said he couldn't disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation concludes.
You have to figure, if this kinda foolin' around happens in Xingtang, it will also happen in Guangzhou, Timbuktu, Kathmandu, Peru, and Kalamazoo.
So you see? It's all one big happy crazy mixed-up world.