I read a rather unflattering review of Thomas Friedman’s newest book “That Used to Be Us” in today’s WSJ. I have not read the book, nor do I plan to. I read the bulk of “The World Is Flat” several years ago and decided I had had enough of Mr. Friedman. That said, I want to share this paragraph from the review in today’s paper:
If the authors’ frustration [with America as it is today] is unoriginal and ill-defined, their optimism is terrifying. America will rebound—we will become the us that we used to be again, you might say and Mr. Friedman does—when we regain our ability to do “big things” through “collective action.” Collective action is a phrase that means “the federal government.” Among the big things that we will do are rework American industry, through regulation and taxation, to drastically cut carbon emissions. Another one of our big things is a big increase in the gasoline tax. We will also impose on us a new big carbon tax. We will use revenues to create a “clean energy” industry with millions of “green jobs” like the ones that were eliminated earlier this month at Solyndra. Readers will wonder, like the early environmentalist Tonto, “What do you mean ‘we,’ kemo sabe?”
I hope that’s not the future of America.