Thomas Friedman: Weaken Putin with Amnesty and Carbon Tax

It'll be a Socialism Race.

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.