Who is the real Max Baucus former ambassador to China?


 

Max Baucus Despises Donald Trump…..

by Mustang

The headline is laughable.  It is certainly true that Max Baucus despises Trump (and all of those who voted for him in 2017) but the headline hardly constitutes the breaking story of the day.  Recently, Baucus criticized Trump for his open hostility toward China and in this context, compared Trump to Adolph Hitler.  Doing so isn’t news, either.  In a recent article, I read this insert to showcase Baucus’ bona fides:

[Snip] “Max Baucus, former Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and a former US Senator from Montana, compared President Donald Trump to the 20th century Nazi leader Adolph for his rhetoric against China for the communist government’s unleashing of the COVID-19 Chinese Coronavirus on the US and the world.  Baucus also warned the US will ‘pay a price’ for criticizing China.”

[Snip] “In 2014, US President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Peoples Republic of China.  He served as Ambassador from February 21, 2014 until January 19, 2017.  Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior US Senator from Montana.  He served in the US Senate from 1978 to 2014 and was Montana’s longest serving US Senator as well as the third longest tenure among those serving in the US Senate.”

[Snip] “While in the Senate, Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance.  While Chairman, he was the chief architect of the Affordable Health Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2009.”

[Snip] “Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade.  As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he led passage and enactment of the Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries [countries listed].  He was also deeply involved in orchestrating the congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001.”

So, there you have it.  His official biography (on file with the US Chamber of Commerce) goes on to say that he’s also an expert and a leading hand in matters of taxation, agriculture, nutrition, forestry, farm subsidies, environment, public works, transportation, infrastructure and the US highway system.  Max Baucus is not only an expert in matters of foreign trade, he’s also an expert in matters of US-Chinese relations and the American health care system, which he helped to destroy.

Still, who is Max Baucus and what makes him such a multi-faceted expert, a go-to-guy in matters of US-Chinese relations?  Let’s peek:

Broken home, took his stepfather’s name, graduated from high school in 1959.  Attended Carleton College in Minnesota for a year and then transferred to Stanford University, graduating in 1964 with a degree in economics.  Attended Stanford Law School, graduating in 1967.  Worked for three years for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is something lawyers do when they aren’t competitive or competent lawyers.  In 1972 he returned to Montana to serve as executive director of the state’s constitutional convention.

In that same year, he gained a seat in the Montana House of Representatives.  Two years later, the people of Montana elected him to the US House of Representatives, serving until his appointment to the US Senate in 1978.  He remained in the Senate for 36 years.

If Baucus is an expert in all the areas listed on the biographical data form on file with the US Chamber of Commerce, his only source of expertise is in his political affiliation in the US Senate.  Baucus never accomplished a single thing outside of the political arena, so one wonders how anyone can regard him as an “expert” in much beyond feeding from the public trough.  In my mind, claiming that Baucus is an expert in foreign trade is similar to the suggestion that a recently hung horse thief was an expert in hemp.

But wait … it gets better.

Max Baucus sits on the board of advisors to the Chinese company Alibaba Group.  We aren’t sure how long he has been sitting on that board, or even if this constitutes Baucus’ golden parachute from long government service.  We do know that Alibaba Group is a massive technology company specializing in retail e-commerce founded in 1994.  The company made its way into the US marketplace in 2014, which amazingly coincides with Baucus’ appointment as US Ambassador to China.

There are number of controversies surrounding Alibaba, of course, which began around 2011.  These include on-line fraud, sales of uranium to Iran, selling counterfeit retail items, and a class action suit alleging violations of the US Securities Act (where Baucus once served as a young lawyer).

While occupying a position on the board of Alibaba, Baucus also maintains an advisory position with the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

I’m sure there is nothing wrong with representing a foreign company while also advising the CIA and then berating the President of the United States for calling attention to China’s duplicity in the recent global pandemic.  Let’s be clear: Baucus isn’t the problem.  The problem is the corrupt nature of our elitist political system that permits treasonous associations with countries and interests that seek to destroy our nation.

Why do we allow US companies to employ Chinese-made drones that provide China with information about our electrical grid, transportation systems, and access to various US data bases, including Homeland Security?

Why do we allow the Chinese to own US companies?  By the way, here are a few US assets owned by Chinese companies: Smithfield Foods, Chicago Stock Exchange, AMC theaters, Legendary Entertainment Group, General Electric Appliances, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, Riot Games, Ingram Micro (distributor of Apple products), and Motorola Mobility (phones).  There are over a hundred US companies now controlled by China.

No, Baucus isn’t the problem.  He’s only one of many who enrich themselves at the public’s expense and then lay claim to a golden parachute through their nefarious affiliations with nations that seek to destroy us.  Quite frankly, the only difference between Max Baucus and Bill and Hillary Clinton is that the Clinton’s are more adept in their duplicity.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

18 Responses to “Who is the real Max Baucus former ambassador to China?”

  1. kidme37 Says:

    Ambassador to China under obama is about all one needs to know, but for those uninformed, the rest of the information may provide some value.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      There was a time in this country when all high-ranking US officials came from the privileged elite. The reason for this, I think, is that they were about the only well-educated people in the country until around the 1960-70s. Note: by well well-educated, I don’t mean to infer necessarily bright. Before that, most Americans were basically literate, few went to college, and those that did attend college quickly advanced to “know it all” status in the State Department and other agencies. In that situation, if you needed an ambassador, where would he come from if not Brooklyn Heights? A good example of how things changed after World War II is John Kerry, who early in life engineered his own career path. What did Kerry ever accomplish that was outside the government? He even engineered his military service to make him a shoo-in for government/political service —hence his falsified bravery under fire (during which he managed to shoot himself with … of all things … an M-79 Grenade Launcher). Kerry is a low creature … a man without honor, and Baucus is his fecal matter twin. But this is just my opinion.

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  2. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    I read all of that and still must ask, “Who is he again?”.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. markone1blog Says:

    Whether it is a matter pertaining to my habit of skim reading articles or a subliminal resentment toward Max Baucus; however, the first time I read the first paragraph, my mind saw “Max Headroom” — not “Max Baucus.”

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  4. peter3nj Says:

    Just another greedy power hungry denizen feeding by the $millions at multiple troughs in the Washington swamp and around the world; just one more for whom enough is never enough.
    How’s this for perspective:The wife of a good friend of mine, Wayne B—-s middle class, recently retired, with a $180,000 mortgage, late last year won $1.5 in a NJ lottery. They are set for life-his words mot mine. A mere bag of shells, $1.5 million and this couple is set for life. Meanwhile the swampers have the insatiable need to accumulate untold wealth, along with power, money they couldn’t spend in several lifetimes, until they draw their last breath. C’est domage!

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    • Mustang Says:

      Whenever the question of political or social elitism comes up, there are a couple concepts that come to my mind. Right and proper; appearance of impropriety; spirit vs. intent of the law; doing right when no one is looking. I’m no saint, but I do feel as though I am an honest person. I don’t seek to enrich myself at the expense of others. I’ve worked hard all my life to get where I am now, in comfortable retirement honestly earned. I’m not part of the modern-day entitlement culture, but I do feel as if I’m entitled to what I’ve earned.

      Baucus avails himself of opportunity. Therein lies the problem. Why do we accord people undeserved or unwarranted opportunities? What qualified Baucus (or any person, for that matter) to become a US ambassador? It seems to me that if you expect an appointment in such a position, then you should speak the language of the host country, have degrees relating to their history and culture, perhaps even a foundation of experience as a staffer in that embassy before you’re allowed to command it. You know, common sense stuff like that. Of course, who in the hell speaks fluent Zimbabweianese? (I just made up that word). We could go ahead and close our embassy in Zimbabwe and save ourselves millions.

      So, it would seem to me that senatorial rank should bar Baucus and others from serving as an ambassador (as being a conflict of interests, particularly since a former senator remains on the US government’s payroll), in the same way that we might prohibit someone with business ties to a country from serving as ambassador. If this makes sense to anyone, then we should also preclude anyone from serving in an advisory capacity at the CIA, FBI, DHS, Treasury, Defense, State, and HHS who have business interests in foreign countries. The solution, or so it would seem to me, is the answer to this question: Should we allow a former official of the US government to amass gazillions of dollars through a fake foundation designed to accept “donations” from foreign governments?

      I know I’m preaching to the choir. Sorry for boring everyone.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        Once again Mustang you’re making too much sense. Knock it off will ya? 😜

        Liked by 1 person

      • bunkerville Says:

        There is something about China that seems to have a special calling these days… not only can one become rich beyond measure, but one can do in their own children and children’s children hope for a secure future. That is such a puzzle to me… every generations always wanted better for their own… no longer.

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      • dave drake Says:

        You are a good preacher Mustang and in no way are boring anyone.

        I went a few “rounds” in a comments section elsewhere when someone wrote, ‘Blame Nixon for all of our problems with China.’ No, no, no. I took umbridge and commented that Nixon opened the door to China diplomatically, that’s it. Clinton and Obama took the hinges off the doors and flooded us with China consumerism and exporting jobs, especially for Big Tech & Pharma to them. Reagan and “H.W. Bush, not so much (although some with “W”). But selling out to China is all owned by Clinton/Obama.

        Clinton was a staunch lobbiest for China to join WTO. I love how dems have selective memory on this.

        Here’s a good clip from Roger Stone on Biden being China’s puppet:

        https: // http://www.oann.com/roger-stone-joe-biden-bought-sold-by-china/

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Dave… I tell you – it was the darn ping pong game… knew it. Wow that makes me feel old. I recall my parents much heated debate over it… but thats the way our dinner conversations rolled… I doubt anything like table talk these days.

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      • dave drake Says:

        ^@ Bunk: “It was the darn ping pong game.” 😀 😀
        LOLOL !!!

        Liked by 1 person

      • lgbmiel Says:

        Not boring at all! It infuriates me!!! Our government is so corrupted!

        Liked by 1 person

      • peter3nj Says:

        @dave
        They managed to turn China diplomacy into a bad thing the same way the left bastardized Earth Day, The EPA, civil rights, etc on and on and on… Anything they touch turns to shit.

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