NY Times Moron Tom Friedman Says ISIS and Putin Can Be Stopped With — Get This — a Carbon Tax

Posted by on Sep 08, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Considering leading climatologists Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama all consider so-called climate change the greatest threat faced by mankind, it should come as no surprise this blithering idiot believes a carbon tax will stop ISIS and Vladimir Putin. Really, that such idiocy even makes it into print boggles the mind.

The most effective leadership abroad starts with respect earned from others seeing us commit to doing great and difficult things at home that summon the energy of the whole country — and not just from our military families. That is how America inspires others to action. And the necessary impactful thing that America should do at home now is for the president and Congress to lift our self-imposed ban on U.S. oil exports, which would significantly dent the global high price of crude oil. And combine that with long overdue comprehensive tax reform that finally values our environment and security. That would be a carbon tax that is completely offset by lowering personal income, payroll and corporate taxes. Nothing would make us stronger and Putin and ISIS weaker — all at the same time.

How so? First you need to understand how much Putin and ISIS have in common. For starters, they each like to do their dirtiest work wearing a mask, because deep down, somewhere, they know that what they’re doing is shameful. The ISIS executioner actually wears a hood. Putin lies through his poker face.

That an adult would be so naive as to author something like that tells you all you need to know we’re dealing with climate fanatics who are not living in the real world.

If the price of oil plummets to just $75 to $85 a barrel from $100 by lifting the ban, and we have implemented tax reform that signals our commitment to clean growth, we inevitably weaken Putin and ISIS, strengthen America and show the world that we deserve to lead because we’re back to doing big, hard things at home that once again differentiate us — not just bombing in distant lands and pretending that’s getting the job done.

You want to drop the price of oil imports? Open Keystone. Nobody seems to have thought of that. Even token MSNBC Republican Joe Scarborough thinks Friedman is insane:

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6 Responses to “NY Times Moron Tom Friedman Says ISIS and Putin Can Be Stopped With — Get This — a Carbon Tax”

  1. The Grinch on 9/09/14 at 9:31 am

    He’s actually half correct: increasing our oil exports would drop the price of crude and would dent ISIS’ and Putin’s capability to wage war. The carbon tax is beyond stupid, though.

  2. Brainpimp on 9/09/14 at 9:53 am

    No he is not correct. We are still importing half the oil we use. It is already factored in to the global demand. The rest of the worlds i.e. (China and India) demand has greatly increased and sucked up all the excess capacity. The only reason oil isn’t $150 a barrel right now is due to the huge increase in production that has occurred in the US already.

    Carbon tax would drive the prices through the roof thus making Putin stronger.

    Impossible to offset increases by messing with income tax.

    Think people.

    Oh yea and Friedman is a lunatic.

  3. Gilligan on 9/09/14 at 11:08 am

    A carbon tax is silly in and of itself.

    What might actually bother ISIS and Putin would be an oil import tax, particularly if it were coupled with loosening some of the EPA regulations on coal, fracking and conversion of vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.

    In fact, the policy that would do the most to insulate the United States from the world oil market while making life difficult for bad actors who produce oil would be a NAFTA wide oil import tax which would leave oil produced within Canada, Mexico or the United States untaxed while making it prohibitively expensive to import oil from elsewhere. Since most of the oil that the US imports comes from either Canada or Mexico, the US would be largely unaffected. This would have the additional benefit of making China and Europe responsible for the security of their own oil sources.

  4. 98ZJUSMC Suntanning in Bizzaro World on 9/09/14 at 12:05 pm

    That would be a carbon tax that is completely offset by lowering personal income, payroll and corporate taxes.


    Things that will never happen once they extort a carbon tax for $500, Alex. Yeah, we’re stupid Friedman.

  5. PhilJ on 9/09/14 at 2:18 pm

    Tom FriedMind is either totally insane or chin deep in Obama Kool-Aid. Any tax, including the carbon tax, is a major boat anchor to our already feeble economy. I cannot see how that will hurt ISIS. It seems like it’s part of their strategy.

  6. The Lost Dutchman on 10/10/14 at 12:15 pm

    Wearing a poker face means you’re doing dirty work? I always figured Lady Gaga was up to no good…