Sunday, September 14, 2008

Typewriters, baby, typewriters

Of all the Sunday op-ed's I read today, this was easily the best. Thomas Friedman -- normally an energy columnist rather than a political columnist -- talks about the short-sightedness of an oil-only energy policy and the distractions from today's major issues by a campaign that chose to reignite the culture war in its attempt to win an election.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”


I respected McCain’s willingness to support the troop surge in Iraq, even if it was going to cost him the Republican nomination. Now the same guy, who would not sell his soul to win his party’s nomination, is ready to sell every piece of his soul to win the presidency.

In order to disguise the fact that the core of his campaign is to continue the same Bush policies that have led 80 percent of the country to conclude we’re on the wrong track, McCain has decided to play the culture-war card. Obama may be a bit professorial, but at least he is trying to unite the country to face the real issues rather than divide us over cultural differences.

A Washington Post editorial on Thursday put it well: “On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government’s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Senator John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Senator Barack Obama for using the phrase ‘lipstick on a pig’ and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.”


Scott P said...

I guess people are allowed to say and believe whatever they wish. Even if it just ain't so....

The Real Truth: McCain's Energy Policy

Derek said...

Funny, I don't seem to recall "Shine, baby, shine" or "Blow, baby, blow" being shouted in support of alternative energy policies in St. Paul.

And when a campaign reverses its stance on offshore drilling as McCain did in June only to see a huge influx of campaign contributions from oil companies, then I think anything he puts on his website is lipstick on a pig.

Scott P said...

Hmmm....According to a 2006 survey, there were over 250 million vehicles registered in the U.S. alone. Maybe we should pass a law banning fossil fuel burning vehicles, huh? You give yours up 1st, and I'll think about it. ;-)Drilling for more domestic oil is a first step in meeting current energy needs. Sure, we need to pursue alternatives.But even hybrids aren't really an answer. Plug in a Prius and charge it up for a round trip to work feeling smug about saving the environment. Problem is, nearly 50% of our nation's electricity is derived from burning coal.