Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of â€œdrill, baby, drill!â€
Iâ€™ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall â€” â€œYes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!â€ â€” because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.
Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology â€” fossil fuels â€” rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology â€” renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution â€” on the eve of PCs and the Internet â€” is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. â€œTypewriters, baby, typewriters.â€
.:T. Friedman’s op-ed Making America Stupid -> via the NY Times
…Mix President Bush to John McCain together, you got yourself some good syrup. Barack hits McCain on fuel and the economy in the four swing states – Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania:
Boy, if this is where he’s placing his chips I can’t wait for November! My ninjas, please!
You all should go check this article out over at the green site. It’s anÂ open letterÂ written by one of Hillary’s fellow Wellesly grads. An excerpt:
You have connections to Monsanto through the Rose Law Firm where you worked and through Bill who hired Monsanto people for central food-related roles. Your Orwellian-named â€œRural Americans for Hillaryâ€ was planned with Troutman Sanders, Monsantoâ€™s lobbyists.
Genetic engineering and industrialized food and animal production all come together at the Rose Law Firm, which represents the worldâ€™s largest GE corporation (Monsanto), GEâ€™s most controversial project (DP&Lâ€™s – now Monsantoâ€™s – terminator genes) [here], the worldâ€™s largest meat producer (Tyson), the worldâ€™s largest retailer and a dominant food retailer (Wal-Mart) [here].Â
What Bill did for Monsanto â€œgenetic engineeringâ€ goes beyond inadequate concepts of giving corporate friends influence: He unleashed genetic engineering into the world. And then he helped close off peopleâ€™s escape from it.