Friedman: You know what’s kind of cool? Dictatorship!

posted at 3:36 pm on September 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

One normally expects to see paeans to one-party rule and dictatorships in fringe publications sponsored by International ANSWER or World Can’t Wait.  Usually, the New York Times offers those sentiments in more subtle terms than it does in today’s Thomas Friedman column.  Friedman extols the Chinese form of government while deriding the fact that political opposition keeps Obama from imposing the policies Friedman likes:

Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.

Our one-party democracy is worse. The fact is, on both the energy/climate legislation and health care legislation, only the Democrats are really playing. With a few notable exceptions, the Republican Party is standing, arms folded and saying “no.” Many of them just want President Obama to fail. Such a waste. Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist. But if he’s forced to depend entirely on his own party to pass legislation, he will be whipsawed by its different factions.

Oh, those enlightened Chinese government officials!  When they’re not executing people to harvest their organs, and when they’re not forcing women to have abortions to satisfy their one-child policy, and when they’re not tossing people in prison for political dissent, they have a great energy policy … even though they reject Kyoto and any attempt to hamstring themselves on economically-suicidal cap-and-trade policies.

Actually, considering Friedman’s column, perhaps rounding up the opposition is a net plus for the Chinese in his eyes.

Even putting aside Friedman’s longing for fascism (as long as it supports his policies), Friedman’s entire premise is suspect.  We haven’t enacted government-run health care precisely because we’re not a “one-party democracy.”  Constituents have made their opposition plain to it across the nation, and Democrats understand that Republicans will replace many of their colleagues if they support ObamaCare.  Obama’s approval numbers have dropped precipitously as well, because people dissent from the orthodoxy of the Democratic elites.   That’s what has Friedman pining for Beijing.

Saying “no” to very bad ideas is a perfectly legitimate response, especially when the policies impose government control over private industry to the extent Barack Obama and his radical Congress desire.  The opposition has no responsibility to engage on horrible ideas, although contra Friedman, the Republicans have already offered an alternative to ObamaCare, which Henry Waxman refuses to consider.  Saying “no” to rapid expansion of government power is the rational response to radical policies.

What’s next for the New York Times?  A tribute to Benito Mussolini and running the trains on time as a fair exchange for personal and political liberty?  (via The Corner, which has been savaging Friedman all day)


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Well if Tom really feels that way, he can always move to China.

Terrye on September 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Friedman must know that NYT is imploding and he is getting in his shots before the doors close.

d1carter on September 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Tom, Meet the Shark,

Shark, Meet Tom.

Lou Budvis on September 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

They’re coming out of the woodwork.

They think this is their time.

Go for it.

artist on September 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Its kind of amazing to me that someone can write something like that and expect to be take seriously by the nation.

Count to 10 on September 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Well if Tom really feels that way, he can always move to China.

Terrye on September 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Methinks they have different plans.

Ans it doesn’t require moving.

artist on September 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Depression.

Fascism.

Anti-semitism.

Eugenics.

Isolationism can’t be far off.

…so that would make Obama Warren G. Harding.

Fair enough.

MadisonConservative on September 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Hey, Tom – you get to work on a visa, and we’ll help you pack.

Vashta.Nerada on September 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

You know what else is cool? Armed revolt!

The irony is not lost upon me that I may someday have help overthrow a communist government in this country with my Romanian WASR-10.
7.62 X 39 FTW!

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Not only have they dropped the mask, they’re waving it around like a matador’s cape.

I guess this is “intellectualism” to the “enlightened.”

RushBaby on September 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

artist:

Ah yes, he is sucking up to the new bosses.

Terrye on September 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Maybe he realizes that China pretty much owns the country anyway and is just auditioning for a communications position.

BigD on September 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

To paraphrase the philosopher PT Barnum

A fool and his self delusion are never parted.

But I be repeating myself

LincolntheHun on September 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?!

jwolf on September 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

You know what’s even cooler? Naziism!!!!

Unless of course, you’re,you know, a Jew or something…

(do I need to add the sarcasm tag? Really?)

mjk on September 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Ay carumba.

So he’s admitting that the only thing standing between us and one-party autocracy is the Republicans.

Is this perhaps a little prep for Hussein’s speech to his subjects tonite?

Akzed on September 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar.

No, China understands that promoting a declining standard of living as a virtue means you’re gonna get lynched.

Chris_Balsz on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Just as long as Friedman, Dowd, Krugman and Rich don’t have to live in it, dictatorship is cool for the little people they love so much.

RobCon on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

ROFL

Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist.

A “one party democracy?” I can find at least two things wrong with that expression:

1. Last time I checked, we were a republic
2. One party? Who does he think has the majority of votes in BOTH houses?

Talk about deluded!

Linnea on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

No more pretence of their agenda.

fourdeucer on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

How shocking…….. NOT. Anybody that has read this guy cannot be surprised by this.

JeffinOrlando on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Most people think dictatorship is good, if they get to be the dictator. No sane person would trust that kind of power in someone else’s hands.

zmdavid on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

That is the very definition of irony. Irony curtainy, or something.

Akzed on September 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

The coolest part is that the “enlightened” intellectuals are usually the first up against the wall with a blindfold and cigarette.

ROCnPhilly on September 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Chairman Mao did some bad things, probably.

Vashta.Nerada on September 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks.

….you don’t say….

Joe Caps on September 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

It’s a stunning article. I didn’t believe your headline until I read it.

PattyJ on September 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

And let’s not forget religious intollerance. The Chineese crush religious expresssion. Lefties of Friedman’s ilk must just LOVE that.

In other news, they must be having snowball fights in hades today. Paglia makes sense TWO months in a row..

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/09/09/healthcare/

DrW on September 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

You know what would be cool too? An insurgency.

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The masks are starting to come off, as we knew they invariably would under such an administration, to reveal the true identities and motives of the liberal media elites. Tom Friedbrain is perfectly happy with a regime that murders, tortures, and imprisons those who dare to disagree with it. Maybe he’s angling for one of those cushy ‘czar’ (commisar) positions.

sawbuck on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.

I think that it’s cute that Mr. Friedman thinks the Chinese are making these things for their own use instead of the suckers who believe in Global Warming.

Cindy Munford on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

LMAO! Another elite pundit totally beclowns himself.

james23 on September 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

So Tommy Boy, how’s that there press in China?

MadisonConservative on September 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

The standards for the Pulitzer Prize sure are in the toilet. The Liberals are getting desperate. They know their boy Barry is tanking and Americans are waking up. The being said, if Friedman wants to move to China, more power to him.

kingsjester on September 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Looks like someone’s sucking up to get a bail out. ;)

capejasmine on September 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Friedman: You know what’s kind of cool? Dictatorship!

You know what’s really cool? What usually ends up happening to Dictators!

MB4 on September 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Doesn’t sound like Tom thinks his merry band of “progressives” are going to rule the day after all. How could that be? Aren’t they superior? That’s what we’ve been told. I just don’t get it. If I was him, I consider taking all that high-powered brain power elsewhere, and form the perfect society–maybe someplace like Burkina Faso.

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

this article was an absolute outrage, and only a liberal or a facist could support such a horrendous regime. Friedman has dishonored himself and the paper.

rob verdi on September 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

I’d like to see them try.

Another 1,000,000+ Guns Added to American Homes in August
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2335165/posts

USA Buys Enough Guns in 3 Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Army
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 7:20 am

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

It won’t be long now until one of Osama Obama’s Death Panels declares Friedman’s mind to be not worth saving….

MrScribbler on September 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Where are all the trolls defending this assdrip?

Akzed on September 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

You know what would be cool too? An insurgency.

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

a revolution celebrating guns – all at the same time…..
a freaking rabble rousing coup…..
a lobotomy for the loons – stat… we will pay out of pocket
a trial for treason….

Ris4victory on September 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM

It’s like Michael Moore and his stupid “Capitalism is evil” crap. Is he really that dumb? How do ya think ya made all your money, Mr. I eat entire White Castle restaurants? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t with your lovely communism you dolt! Sheesh…

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

a culling is well overdue!

rgranger on September 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

The New York Times still hasn’t renounced Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer. As long as they get to be in charge, fascism is fine with them.

rbj on September 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Looks like someone’s sucking up to get a bail out. ;)

capejasmine on September 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM

The way for the MSM to be bailed out is to follow the GE model. GE (parent of NBC, etc.) owns GE Capital, a failing, (possibly insolvent) finance co. They receive TARP $. In that way, NBC is subsidized.

The buyer of the failing NY Times will likely own some type of TARP eligible financial co, and the taxpayers will bail out the newspaper. The only way to stop it is to vote for different leaders and protest wildly. Sound familiar?

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2009 at 3:57 PM

After reading this, I’m very likely to believe that the way Friedman “relieves stress” is to wear giant diapers and roll around with a pacifier when he arrives home in the evenings. He certainly does show himself to be someone who really, really wants to revert (if not already) to infancy where he’s fed every two/three hours and someone else just takes care of everything ‘else’ for him…

Lourdes on September 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM

It won’t be long now until one of Osama Obama’s Death Panels declares Friedman’s mind to be not worth saving….

MrScribbler on September 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Oh please.

It’s only a matter of time before Obama creates some new czarship in his administration, and then appoints Freidman to it.

Gator Country on September 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM

“One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.”

Aren’t these the same people that murdered over 50 million of their own so they could impose their Utopian government on the masses? How about Tianamen Square, Tibet, their high execution rate and their sweat shops so they can enjoy their eletist greed? Enlightened? The antitheses Indeed!

DL13 on September 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM

OT – current Drudge red letter headline:

“UPDATE: Passengers leaving hijacked Mexican planet…”

LOL. Gives new meaning to “illegal alien”

Mark1971 on September 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM

“Consider a boot stepping on your face forever” G. Orwell

You want to put a boot on my face you had better be faster than me because I’m definitely in the mood to put my size 12′s on your face.

chemman on September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

It’s only a matter of time before Obama creates some new czarship in his administration, and then appoints Freidman to it. Gator Country on September 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Boot-Stamping-On-A-Human-Face-Forever Czar.

Akzed on September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks

Drawbacks? Yeah those pesky things like genocide. No biggie.

angryed on September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.

We hear praise of a power-wielding, arm-twisting President who “gets his program through Congress” by knowing the use of power. Throughout the course of history, there have been many other such wielders of power. There have even been dictators who regularly held plebiscites, in which their dictatorships were approved by an Ivory-soap-like percentage of the electorate. But their countries were not free, nor can any country remain free under such despotic power. Some of the current worship of powerful executives may come from those who admire strength and accomplishment of any sort. Others hail the display of Presidential strength simply because they approve of the result reached by the use of power. This is nothing less than the totalitarian philosophy that the end justifies the means If ever there was a philosophy of government TOTALLY AT WAR with that of the Founding Fathers, it is this one.
- Barry Goldwater

Herr Friedman is either a moron or a psychopath.

MB4 on September 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist.

BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Oh Tommie, please stop, it hurts from laughing so damn hard.

angryed on September 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Friedman gets all of his other talking points from the Presidents chief advisers, ya think he got these from Rahm’s daily teleconference too?

Speakup on September 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I am sure Tom would feel the same way with a Republican “One-party autocracy”…

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Friedman has dishonored himself and the paper.

As if that was even possible.

John Deaux on September 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

you know, if Tom would shave the sides of his moustache, he’d look just like Hitler

jp on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Do your civic duty and piss off Friedman and leftists like Obama at the same time; Buy a firearm. Learn how to use it and keep it handy.

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Not that easy, Tommy.

China has more than pointy-headed, Friedman approved intellectuals.

They have legions of trained military/policeman willing to carry out their thug regime’s edicts.

Who do we have here who would carry out Obama’s every whim?

The Gangster Disciples? The Crips? The homeless? The welfare receipients with their palms perpetually out? The race baiting poverty pimps and their wares, all on the floor, sniffing for that government cheese?

Because our cops and military will not.

Tommy’s dream will not fly, he better go back to holing up in his mansion.

NoDonkey on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Can we say ‘Self be-clowning Useful idiot’?

SBUI?

Or is that saying the same thing and then repeating oneself?

Chainsaw56 on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Yes Paul,

When your favored Communism takes over, we will really need people to empty all the people’s outhouses and septic tanks.

I choose you…

Fuzzlenutter on September 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist.

Indeed. And I’m the Queen of Spain!

PercyB on September 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Calling Friedman an ass monkey is an insult to monkeys. I can not believe that pinhead is waxing poetically about the murdering bastards in China.

David in ATL on September 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM

He really should take a flight to China and do some research before he tries to write about China.

bridgetown on September 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Inspired by Mao , Tom makes the great leap over the shark.

the_nile on September 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I think Tommy particularly admires the relationship between China and Mugabe. It’s breathtakingly enlightened – now that’s the right way to treat the African race, right Tommy?

shaken on September 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Asking lefty actors and writers to move is not enough. They will just become the ladies edition of Hanoi Jane and allow themselves to be used by the enemy to show how great the enslavers are.

sjramos on September 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Friedman is Cuda Bait!

huckleberryfriend on September 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Because none of their loonieness works without forcing it on a free people.

Fletch54 on September 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Do your civic duty and piss off Friedman and leftists like Obama at the same time; Buy a firearm. Learn how to use it and keep it handy.
elduende on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Fred Zackly!!!

Better yet, buy two and squirrel one away.

Fake8 on September 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

All this democracy stuff is BullShlt! Why can’t we just elect a Dear Leader and then let him do whatever the hell it is he wants to do?

Why do we have to let these other, lesser, elected representatives talk all the time? Can’t we just do what we have to do?

Jaibones on September 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Friedman needs to move to the UK, where he can practice his voodoo religion of environmentalism.

rockmom on September 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

The saving grace in this whole Obama administration debacle is that all of these toolbags are being exposed for the antiAmerican doofuses that they are. These good for nothing radicals want a dictatorship to advance their agenda, never mind that it’s bad for America. Would they want the next Republican adminstration to inherit a dictatorship and begin administering euthanasia for all the Democrats on the voter registration rolls? Or how about rounding them up and waterboarding them. Careful what you wish for Mr Wizard-of-Smart man… before you know it you’ll realize it and it ain’t going to be what you expected….

ted c on September 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM

With a few notable exceptions, the Republican Party is standing, arms folded and saying “no.”

Good! Because most of the crap legislation the Demonrats are trying to push seem designed to cripple, then destroy this country…

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I think that it’s cute that Mr. Friedman thinks the Chinese are making these things for their own use instead of the suckers who believe in Global Warming.

Cindy Munford on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

so many good posts today, irony curtainy, and yes Ris4victory I was thinking the same thing, especially re: Van Jones and those that promote him…a trial for treason

This site has it all for the good.

DanMan on September 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Do your civic duty and piss off Friedman and leftists like Obama at the same time; Buy a firearm. Learn how to use it and keep it handy.

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Better yet, go buy a Hummer H3 or a Chevy Suburban. That’s the real evil in Friedman’s world.

rockmom on September 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

This article proves that Tom wouldn’t mind being chained to a fence post by a choke collar, naked, on all fours with a blind fold, exposed to all who would walk by and use him in what ever sick fancy his overlords can imagine…

“Thank you sir, may I have another?”

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Where are all the trolls defending this assdrip?

Akzed on September 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

They’re probably still over at Daily Kos, DU and LGF, soaking up the approved talking points. I expect they’ll be along in due time.

The comments on Friedman’s piece at the Slimes were rather illuminating several hours ago. An overwhelming majority of them were gushing over Friedman and the oh-so-enlightened Chinese. They don’t seem to know (or are conveniently ignoring the fact) that the Chinese have a rather nasty tendency of running down political dissidents with tanks, at least when they don’t just shoot them in the head and then bill the families for the ammunition.

Of course, I expect that if this inconvenient truth were pointed out to them, most of them would be just fine with it.

Gator Country on September 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

I just received a letter with an offer for a free train ride to a special camp in Arizona. Should I go?

faraway on September 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

The coolest part is that the “enlightened” intellectuals are usually the first up against the wall with a blindfold and cigarette.

ROCnPhilly on September 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Yes, that’s why they are rightly called “useful idiots.”

4Freedom on September 9, 2009 at 4:12 PM

He really should take a flight to China and do some research before he tries to write about China.

Aww, come on…He did his research! He got the garlic chicken and pork fried rice from his local “Chinese Restaurant”…Isn’t that enough research?

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Friedman needs to move to the UK, where he can practice his voodoo religion of environmentalism.

rockmom on September 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Friedman needs to move to the UK China, where he can practice his voodoo religion of environmentalism learn how totalitarian states deal with elitist progressives like him.

FIFY

ROCnPhilly on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today….

MAOIST JACKBOOTS who have systematically tortured and murdered more people than STALIN…

what a moron.

falderal on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Hey, hey! Give the guy a break – he is just mad because the US is starting so far behind all those countries ruled by open minded autocrats like China, USSR/Russia, Cuba, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam. I mean we’ve already spotted them 100 million dead citizens in the rush toward equality and perfect societies.

All our elites need to deal with are those darn Republicans (and increasingly Independents, white and non-black minority Democrats, the elderly…) I mean if you are really committed, how hard can it be to implement “The Plan”?

in_awe on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

It’s only a matter of time before Obama creates some new czarship in his administration, and then appoints Freidman to it.

Now your on to something. This article must be a job application for “Green Jobs Czar.” I hear they need a new one at the White House.

johnnybgood on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people

The liberal curtain gets drawn back a bit further and their actual agenda begins to be revealed. Of course Friedman would automatically place himself in that enlightened group, volunteering his services to tell the rest of us how things will be from now on.

If you ever needed a reason to buy a gun, this sort of quote is it.

Bishop on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I’ll give Friedman this: At least he’s saying up front what all the rest of them are thinking and saying quietly amongst themselves. Bad news for Friedman though–the American people have woken up. He’s not going to get his wish–we’ll make sure of that when we vote the Dems out in 2010 and again in 2012.

Matt Helm on September 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Friedman needs to move to the UK, where he can practice his voodoo religion of environmentalism.

rockmom on September 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM
Friedman and like minded individuals would never move. It is the U.S. they deplore and think they have to change it. Moving to another country they would be nothing more than the peons they assign to us.

fourdeucer on September 9, 2009 at 4:15 PM

“is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.”

Of course, they should be. Resperators are an essential fashion accessory in China.

Vera71 on September 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Take a long vay-cay in Beijing Tom. I’m sure the ChiComs will love putting up with your dazzling BS.
Take the rest of the Times latte losers with you.

RobCon on September 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

You know what else is cool? Armed revolt!

The irony is not lost upon me that I may someday have help overthrow a communist government in this country with my Romanian WASR-10.
7.62 X 39 FTW!

Battlecruiser-operational on September 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

You know what would be cool too? An insurgency

elduende on September 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The world may be ugly, but each man must do what he must
Keep it up overreaching tyrants and in a year you will be dust
Our Lady of Justice will possess you
In her breathtaking, hair-raising bed
She will tingle your spines as she captures your hearts and your heads!

PercyB on September 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Hey, maybe they’ll start re-running the columns of Walter Duranty as an exciting new series in support of Obama!

Jaibones on September 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Tom needs to put down the crack pipe. Was I the only one who saw the smog that covered China during the Olympics? Everyone was running around in masks because of the dangerous air quality and this tool thinks they are great and have the answers? He must think forced abortions and the abandonment of little girls because of the sick male child preference is cool too. I would like to see the NYT go the way of the dinosaur, like now.

TXMomof3 on September 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

The scary/funny thing is….I dont think he was being sarcastic.

NYTimes is an old creaky has-been.

In The Flesh on September 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Didn’t the Chinese government paint a mountain green using lead paint? A bureaucrat was told to restore the mountain after strip-mining it. GREAT government there.

theCork on September 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today

This tells me all I will ever need to know about Friedman. He has no credibility.

rukiddingme on September 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM

NYT’s Friedman is free to move to China if he chooses. Of course, he would be jailed if he wrote his opinion…

TN Mom on September 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM

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