Wednesday, April 30, 2008

He's Back

Thomas Friedman, that is. And with a real barnburner of a column that makes me want to take to the barricades. This is the stuff of which the future is made, for good or ill, and it matters a great deal more than lapel pins and sermons and "Mission Accomplished" banners.

It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away. Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for this summer’s travel season. This is not an energy policy. This is money laundering: we borrow money from China and ship it to Saudi Arabia and take a little cut for ourselves as it goes through our gas tanks. What a way to build our country.