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Assad, Hama...and Tom Friedman
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And what does Hama have to do with Tom Friedman? Mark down the day: June 26, 2010 was the last day that anyone who didn't think that he was already floundering in shallow clichés should take him seriously.

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Friedman's Acela Ride
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From Thomas Friedman's New York Times column:

In the past two weeks, I've taken the Amtrak Acela to the Philadelphia and New York stations. In both places there were signs on the train platforms boasting that new construction work there was being paid for by "the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," that is, the $787 billion stimulus. And what was that work? New "lighting" — so now you can see even better just how disgustingly decayed, undersized and outdated are the rail platforms and infrastructure in two of our biggest cities.

I take Amtrak to Philadelphia sometimes and I disagree with Mr. Friedman's premise that the Philadelphia station is decayed or undersized. It's a grand old building with soaring high ceilings.

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Friedman on Taxes
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Thomas Friedman has a column in the New York Times backing a reduction in both payroll and corporate taxes.

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Friedman on China
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Thomas Friedman attempts to make up for some of his earlier admiring writing about China with a strong paragraph in his New York Times column:

Mr. Liu was represented at Friday's Nobel ceremony by an empty chair because China would not release him from prison — only the fifth time in the 109-year history of the prize that the winner was not in attendance. Under pressure from Beijing, the following countries joined China's boycott of the ceremony: Serbia, Morocco, Pakistan, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Colombia, Ukraine, Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Vietnam and the Philippines. What a pathetic bunch.

Iraq! Afghanistan! Egypt! Saudi Arabia! These are countries in which America has invested an awful lot of tax dollars and lives in building up. Pretty remarkable.

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Friedman on a Gas Tax
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Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times:

The smart thing for us to do right now is to impose a $1-a-gallon gasoline tax, to be phased in at 5 cents a month beginning in 2012, with all the money going to pay down the deficit. .... With one little gasoline tax, we can make ourselves more economically and strategically secure, help sell more Chevy Volts and free ourselves to openly push for democratic values in the Middle East without worrying anymore that it will harm our oil interests.

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Pretty Good Tom Friedman Column
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From Thomas Friedman's column in today's New York Times:

the economy grew an anemic 1.2 percent in the second quarter, and growth in the first quarter was revised downward...If there is one thing that is not going to revive growth right now, it is an anti-trade, regulatory heavy, socialist-lite agenda the Democratic Party has drifted to under the sway of Bernie Sanders. Socialism is the greatest system ever invented for making people equally poor. Capitalism makes people unequally rich, but I would much rather grow our pie bigger and faster and better adjust the slices than redivide a shrinking one.

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Fourteen Flaws In Tom Friedman's Latest Column
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Thomas Friedman's latest column, which appeared in the New York Times under the headline "Israel to American Jews: You Just Don't Matter," has at least 14 flaws. I enumerate and explain in my latest piece for the Algemeiner. Please check it out here.

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Pretty Good Tom Friedman Column
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From Thomas Friedman's column in today's New York Times:

the economy grew an anemic 1.2 percent in the second quarter, and growth in the first quarter was revised downward...If there is one thing that is not going to revive growth right now, it is an anti-trade, regulatory heavy, socialist-lite agenda the Democratic Party has drifted to under the sway of Bernie Sanders. Socialism is the greatest system ever invented for making people equally poor. Capitalism makes people unequally rich, but I would much rather grow our pie bigger and faster and better adjust the slices than redivide a shrinking one.

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Friedman and Adelson
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In advance of the Israeli election, Thomas Friedman has a column up attacking Sheldon Adelson. One of Mr. Friedman's complaints is that Mr. Adelson invests in newspapers. From the column:

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Israeli Election Coverage
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At least two points seemed worth mentioning in the Times's coverage of the Israeli election.

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New York Sun Hits Tom Friedman Distortions
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A May 18, 2004 editorial in the New York Sun identifies in detail blatant factual errors by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in his May 13 column. The same writer's May 16 Op-Ed was further evidence of his penchant for distortion as he compared Jewish settlers in Israel to the violently radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr and his Mahdi army.

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Tom Friedman's Grudging Correction
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Friedman admits he was wrong, sort of, about Israel's release of Palestinian prisoners during the tenure of Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas. But he maintains that Sharon was responsible for Abbas's resignation, a claim which Abbas himself refuted this week.

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Tom Friedman Hits New Low
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In a February 5th column, New York Times syndicated columnist Tom Friedman not only gets his facts wrong, but uses imagery and descriptions that are, in the familiar words of Harvard President Lawrence Summers, "anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent."

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Media Votes No On Israeli Democracy
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In a period of deep national trauma that included assassination of its prime minister, unprecedented terrorism on the streets of its cities, and wrenching internal debate over issues of national survival, the Israeli public went to the polls in orderly form and voted for a new government.

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Tom Friedman’s Lemonade Stand « Commentary Magazine
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Tom Friedman’s New York Times columns on the Middle East conflict are always a maddening mixture of sense and cluelessness. Today’s contribution from the...

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Friedman's Acela Ride
futureofcapitalism.com

From Thomas Friedman's New York Times column:

In the past two weeks, I've taken the Amtrak Acela to the Philadelphia and New York stations. In both places there were signs on the train platforms boasting that new construction work there was being paid for by "the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," that is, the $787 billion stimulus. And what was that work? New "lighting" — so now you can see even better just how disgustingly decayed, undersized and outdated are the rail platforms and infrastructure in two of our biggest cities.

I take Amtrak to Philadelphia sometimes and I disagree with Mr. Friedman's premise that the Philadelphia station is decayed or undersized. It's a grand old building with soaring high ceilings.

Read More...


Friedman on Taxes
futureofcapitalism.com

Thomas Friedman has a column in the New York Times backing a reduction in both payroll and corporate taxes.

Read More...


Friedman on China
futureofcapitalism.com

Thomas Friedman attempts to make up for some of his earlier admiring writing about China with a strong paragraph in his New York Times column:

Mr. Liu was represented at Friday's Nobel ceremony by an empty chair because China would not release him from prison — only the fifth time in the 109-year history of the prize that the winner was not in attendance. Under pressure from Beijing, the following countries joined China's boycott of the ceremony: Serbia, Morocco, Pakistan, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Colombia, Ukraine, Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Vietnam and the Philippines. What a pathetic bunch.

Iraq! Afghanistan! Egypt! Saudi Arabia! These are countries in which America has invested an awful lot of tax dollars and lives in building up. Pretty remarkable.

Read More...


Friedman on a Gas Tax
futureofcapitalism.com

Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times:

The smart thing for us to do right now is to impose a $1-a-gallon gasoline tax, to be phased in at 5 cents a month beginning in 2012, with all the money going to pay down the deficit. .... With one little gasoline tax, we can make ourselves more economically and strategically secure, help sell more Chevy Volts and free ourselves to openly push for democratic values in the Middle East without worrying anymore that it will harm our oil interests.

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