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Thomas Friedman: “You know how you beat Putin? Tax Americans, that’s how.”

Ah the left, you can count on them to come up with some way to get into your wallet in answer to any crisis.  Thomas Friedman, the man who admires China’s abilty to control almost all aspects of its citizens life, has a great solution to the recent aggression by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.  Tax Americans:

I don’t want to go to war with Putin, but it is time we expose his real weakness and our real strength. That, though, requires a long-term strategy — not just fulminating on “Meet the Press.” It requires going after the twin pillars of his regime: oil and gas. Just as the oil glut of the 1980s, partly engineered by the Saudis, brought down global oil prices to a level that helped collapse Soviet Communism, we could do the same today to Putinism by putting the right long-term policies in place. That is by investing in the facilities to liquefy and export our natural gas bounty (provided it is extracted at the highest environmental standards) and making Europe, which gets 30 percent of its gas from Russia, more dependent on us instead. I’d also raise our gasoline tax, put in place a carbon tax and a national renewable energy portfolio standard — all of which would also help lower the global oil price (and make us stronger, with cleaner air, less oil dependence and more innovation).

Of course one of the real problems to doing what Friedman wants, i.e. exploiting our “natural gas bounty” is found in the parenthetic statement right after that.  Government and environmentalists stand in the way because “the highest environmental standards” is a moveable goal post that is pushed further and further out each time industry approaches it.  And, of course, Friedman apparently isn’t cognizant of the fact that the “standards” are one of the major cost factors in keeping prices up.

Naturally Friedman also wants the other lefty dream.  The Crimea is as good of an excuse as any.  The Global Warming scam has been exposed.  The chances of getting that carbon tax based in that nonsense seem ever more remote.  But wait, we now have the Crimea!  Perfect.  Lets tax ourselves to do in Putin.  Friedman knows that whatever the excuse, taxes are rarely dropped after they’re once implemented.  So, with a “whatever it takes” philosophy guiding this, Friedman has his newest and latest excuse to raise taxes.  And note – it’s a long term strategy (which apparently assumes that Russia won’t make adjustments to the threat to its business) which means that these aren’t temporary taxes we’re talking about.  No.  Not by any stretch.

Oh, and for a guy who is so in love with China, I wonder if he has any idea where Russian oil and gas would go if the EU decided to buy from us?

Yeah, probably not.


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23 Responses to Thomas Friedman: “You know how you beat Putin? Tax Americans, that’s how.”

  • Goood GAWD amighty…!!!
    Is the man psychotic?  (Never mind.  The Collective IS psychotic, in that it insists on false constructs instead of reality.)

  • Why don’t we just have a tax if you want to be a mindless Democrat

    • No no, those taxes are only for the ‘right’ people.
      There will be a “I’m a Democrat” exemption from the “I’m a Democrat” tax.

  • The phrase ‘when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’ certainly applies to Friedman.

  • “But you know the story, the tough guys in Washington who want to take on Putin would rather ask 1 percent of Americans…”
    No Friedman, you weenie, I don’t know the story.
    There’s a group of Americans who are just dying to mix it up with Putin over the Crimea?   Where?   Name some meaningful names.
    No one in the US is eager to play Victorian England or Imperial France, and climb the Fedyukhin Heights, or storm some “Great Redoubt”, or play “Half a League on” with Russian guns.
    Friedman WANTs there to be, desperately, because then he can defend the ineffective, feckless moronic policies of our beloved leader.
    If there’s a person he ought to warn against making idle threats, it’s Barack Hussein Obama, Mr. “World’s Red Lines!” himself.

  • I like this idea. Maybe we can start converting all foreign policy issues into domestic ones…how about abortion?
    We need to ban abortion so we have more kids and a bigger population to help deter evil furriners.
    See, its pretty easy to do this.

    • And a tax on it so we can pay for pre-school, lunches, and “I lived past the first trimester” medals for all the new kids being born.

      • I’m for a tax credit that lasts into retirement for all those folks “who brought new tax payers into this world”.

  • Rubber Room candidate + NYSlimes columnist = REDUNDANT.

  • “I’d also raise our gasoline tax, put in place a carbon tax and a national renewable energy portfolio standard”
    THAT is going to LOWER oil prices?
    This guy is an idiot.

    • The idea is that when you and I have to put our vehicles up on blocks to afford to live, demand is lowered, and the price goes down.
      It does not factor in that by that time guys like Friedman have been hung from lamp-posts.

  • Actually, if a GOP candidate sold “drill baby drill” as not so much jobs and cheaper gas but the way to cripple OPEC and tell the Arabs to go pound sand, it would be a runaway winner

  • I think Friedman’s main purpose these days is to have something to point at and laugh.

  • et me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    — The Beatles, Revolver
    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

    Don’t ask me what I want it for
    If you don’t want to pay some more
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advice for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
    And you’re working for no one but me.

  • Meanwhile, in Realityville, the Russians are rushing to respond to Kerry’s high-explosive verbiage…

  • The end result will be Russia keeps the Crimea, and the Obama defenders will rush to explain why that’s the best and only possible alternative to this situation anyway.
    Besides, that Putin, he crazy man!
    Not that will mean we deal with him differently of course, it just lays the foundation for the next time Putin chows down on little Barry’s lunch in the future.
    The administration and it’s reps have bought into some magic idea that the increment of the lead digits 19 to 20 in the year meant all the old rules could be discarded and the new age of something or other cloud cuckoo land had dawned.