(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Obama had a full dance card last week with a visit by Pope Francis and China's President Xi Jinping stopping by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I wonder if the Pope realized the miracle he was witnessing even with it being confirmed by two credible sources during his visit?

Of course I am talking about the miracle of capitalism.

The China Miracle

China is now the world leader in gross value of industrial output; mining and ore processing, iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals, coal; machine building; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemicals; fertilizers; consumer products (including footwear, toys, and electronics); food processing; transportation equipment, including automobiles, rail cars and locomotives, ships, aircraft; telecommunications equipment, commercial space launch vehicles, and satellites.

They are the world leader in gross value of agricultural output; rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, apples, cotton, oilseed; pork; and fish.

China is no longer the poster child for cheap labor. Per capita income in China has gone from $1,500 per year in 1978 to $11,500 currently.

What’s the reason for all this Chinese prosperity? Capitalism has invaded China.

Not to the level that it is here in the United States but it is making an undeniable difference to the Chinese people in their daily lives.

Self-made Chinese billionaires are on the increase.

The American Miracle

The Pope was born and raised in Argentina. Not sure how many bankruptcies that country has been though but it’s no secret that they soundly reject the capitalist principles espoused by the United States.

It’s also no surprise that the Pope is down with the socialist, progressive, position of that nation. If that’s all you’ve ever known then that’s the only perspective you can use to form your beliefs. Until new information arrives.

But seeing the result in capitalism in person must have been eye opening for Pope Francis. I know the Pope has seen many lavish palaces in other countries but think about the ride though most countries to get to that palace.

I wonder what the Pope thought of his ride from the airport into New York City or Washington?

I doubt he saw famine or poverty on that drive similar to other nations he visited. Not that we don’t have it but I doubt he saw much of it on his travels in this country.

Even feeding people in the soup kitchens he visited probably looked healthier and better fed than most other places he visited around the world.

Even including his Argentina homeland.

I’m imagining he might have seen cell phones being used and the poor with watches or rings. Some might have shaved for the occasion.

Some Final Thoughts

It’s amazing that seeing it up close and personal in the original capitalistic birthplace that it wouldn’t cause a complete about face in your thinking.

Wow, look at the wealth and abundance that God has brought to this nation.

It’s undeniable — there is no system on earth that has lifted more people out of poverty and into prosperity than the capitalistic system.

Is it perfect? Or course not. No system is. But I will take it over any other systems currently being used anywhere else on earth.

What are your thoughts on capitalism?

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