Thomas Friedman: Weaken Putin with Amnesty and Carbon Tax

Journalist Thomas Friedman moderates a plenary session on strengthening market-based solutions during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

New York Times editor David Carr admitted to being on crack. What is Thomas Friedman’s drug of choice? Is it the same drug of choice as Frank Bruni’s or Maureen Dowd’s? These seem like valid questions to ask once you start reading them.

Thomas Friedman transcended parody a while back. He’s become the crazy guy writing letters to the newspaper explaining why we should all be like China and build a plastic bubble around the moon to educate our kids…

…except he is the newspaper.

The world takes America seriously when they see us doing big hard things together — when we lead by example. If we want to do more nation-building abroad, then we have to come together on a plan to do more nation-building at home first — including infrastructure investment, replacing income and corporate taxes with a carbon tax, a major new push for both energy efficiency and properly extracted natural gas, skill-building and immigration reform and gradual long-term fiscal rebalancing. That’s how we build our muscle and weaken Putin’s.


This plan might make sense if we impose amnesty and a carbon tax on Russia. But that’s not the plan. The plan is that we weaken Russia by trashing America.

Once Putin sees that we’ve flooded our country with welfare recipients and taxed our remaining industry into extinction while lowering the standard of living, he’ll decide that we’re in a race to bring back the USSR before he does.

It’ll be a Socialism Race.

President Elizabeth Warren will issue an order banning anyone from thinking politically incorrect thoughts. Putin will open a gulag with a rap performance. Warren will sign an agreement with China to partition Canada. Putin will shoot everyone who has more than a week’s supply of food at home.

Eventually both countries will be destroyed proving that Thomas Friedman had the right answer all along.

What is most scary to me about the world today is the fact that we are doing neither smart nation-building abroad to make the world more stable nor smart nation-building at home to make America more resilient and strong.

Nor are we locking Thomas Friedman in a cage in the village square while pelting him with rotten fruit. Clearly there’s something wrong with us.

  • SoCalMike

    Friedman is the national village idiot.

    • 4arepublic

      That makes Paul Krugman the Empire (state) imbecile.

    • truebearing

      Until Pelosi, Krugman, Waters, Biden, Kerry, or thousands of other Democrats steal the lime light by saying something idiotic.

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  • Ban Liberals

    I have a better idea for this imbecile: let’s weaken Russia by increasing our 1040 taxes to 98 percent. Another moronic idea from a liberal.

  • Gordon

    Wow! Well one thing we can be proud of as a nation. We are the leading exporters of bat$h*t crazy.

  • Gee

    I heard aliens visited the New York Times office and left because they could not fins any signs of intelligent life there

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Yeah, Russia wanted to build rockets and nuclear “technology” because of the prestige of being “world community” leaders. The same reason they wanted to build the finest consumer goods for their own citizens and offer the highest standard of living.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    We’ll show Russia by making ourselves stupid, weak and subservient! That works every time!

    • truebearing

      They’ll never suspect we’d do that!

  • Ken Martin

    F**king morons.

  • truebearing

    Friedman must have a blood clot in his brain…or for a brain.

  • spin43

    He’s lucky he married into money. This guy should be a leftist comedian. Another reason to boycott the NYT.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In the same way that Salon has become The Onion making fun of Salon.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Does anyone hear have a better suggestion?