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Is Thomas Friedman Impervious to Facts?

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 04:55

The evidence suggests that he is. He gives yet another of his diatribes about the need to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in order to advance his grand agenda for the country. Of course Social Security is financed by its own designated tax and is projected to be fully solvent for the next quarter century, so it is a bit bizarre to have this one on the list.

More importantly, the entire budget problem is the result of a broken health care system. This is why serious people point to the need to fix the health care system, which is the real source of the country's projected long-term budget problem. Of course the current shortfall is the result of the collapse of the housing bubble. But Friedman has not heard about that.

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What Plutocrats Want
written by Tom Volscho, July 27, 2011 8:46
Thomas Friedman, NPR, etc. are basically saying cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Regardless of where they obtain their arguments, the sum total result is propaganda. Whether they like it or not, they are shilling for the Wall Street / Military Industrial Complex. The idea is that by cutting these programs, more money will be available for defense spending (contracts) and interest payments on the national debt not at the expense of higher taxes on the rich.
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written by jhand, July 27, 2011 9:56
Friedman's column would be really good if he were a college sophomore at a second-level state university, and he was running for student government vice-president. This would make a great "what I believe" statement for someone like Tommy the Soph, and he would get lots of votes, especially from the fraternities.
Let's Suppose...
written by Jerry Jones, July 27, 2011 12:38
...let's suppose millions of helpless American seniors suddenly can no longer afford their teeny apartments and squalid mobile homes because Social Security has been gutted by Congress. And suppose American seniors die by the millions because they are effectively denied healthcare via Congressional dismantling of Medicare. Meanwhile, these evangelical mega-churches would continue with their foot-stomping gospel music every Sunday while doing nothing for these unfortunate, invisible throw-away elderly. Would today's Americans care? I wonder. American looneytarians and Limbaugh/O'Reilly/Hannity/NPR heroin addicts would simply turn on their tubes for one more fix. Replace "Jesus" and "Christianity" with "money" and you can understand their true god or, more specifically, the substance they shoot, snort, drink. Addicts often kill themselves after exhibiting all manner of illogical behavior. America: a nation of abusive, bloodlusting, obese, drunk, high, gambling, greedy money addicts? If such an America were to be saved, wouldn't it have to be through the intervention of a clean, sober individual or institution? Otherwise, addiction = suicide. Wouldn't it be ironic if the so-called "Reagan Revolution" that is so often credited with breaking up the Soviet Union would also turn out to be the double-edged sword that would turn the United States into a sadistic dogfighting pit that gratifies the bloodlust of Wall Street and the Tea Party?
health care...european style...
written by pete, July 27, 2011 12:46
Yes why not follow the European style and let each state pick its own type like they do. We need to localize politics...300M folks simply cannot agree.
"Ronald the Unready" tilting at Soviet windmills, while financial panzer divisions rout sober regulations...
written by diesel, July 27, 2011 3:28
Jerry Jones asks "Wouldn't it be ironic if the so-called "Reagan Revolution" that is so often credited with breaking up the Soviet Union would also turn out to be the double-edged sword that would turn the United States into a sadistic dogfighting pit that gratifies the bloodlust of Wall Street and the Tea Party?".

Not merely ironic, but just.
Friedman should move to China
written by Howard Houston, July 30, 2011 6:11
His column mentions how great it is to live in China. The guy is a TOTAL MORON. If he lived in China and was a journalist he would work for the Communist Daily News. He would say what they told him to say. He would never ever say:
1. They have no freedom of press
2. They cannot protest even when the government is totally wrong i.e. like when schools built by dishonest contractors who are Party member fall down and kill thousands of kids---Mr. Friedman would not be able to mention this or he would go to jail.
3. He cannot leave or enter the country without permission.
4. HE WOULD NOT HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY or Medicare.
LETS ALL BUY HIM A ONE WAY TICKET TO CHINA.

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