OK, I admit that I was bored, so I decided to read the New York Times editorial page, and it did not disappoint. Today's entertainment comes courtesy of a column from Thomas Friedman, who always is ready to say Something Really Stupid.
First, let me say that the only way to be a columnist at the Times is to write stupid stuff and do it often. John Tierney was not bad, but apparently he was not stupid enough. William Kristol was too stupid, even for the times, so they ditched him.
Second, Friedman always is good for a laugh, just like Paul "Print More Money" Krugman, who swears inflation can solve almost any economic problem.
Today, Friedman provides the entertainment in this journalistic Theater of the Absurd. He calls for the USA to ruin its own economy in order to destabilize the government of Iran. This is akin to the move by Clevon Little in "Blazing Saddles" when he held a gun to his head and pretended to take himself hostage.
He demands that the government impost a $1 per gallon "Freedom Tax" on gasoline. Yes, this is really intelligent. Artificially force up the price of gasoline so that Corn Likker the government now forces us to pour into our cars will be "cost efficient." Yeah, shoot yourself in the foot. That'll teach 'em!!
Even though the USA does not purchase oil from Iran, nonetheless Friedman believes that is we destroy the oil industry, maybe -- just maybe -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad no longer will deny the Holocaust. Right.
We forget just how out-of-touch with reality the people at the Times really are. Here is a newspaper that still celebrates the Pulitzer Prize that it won via Walter Duranty's lies about the government-caused Ukranian famine of the early 1930s. For that matter, some of us still remember the newspaper's abominable coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Case.